Abortion still allowed in life-endangering cases - PM

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Last week's ban on abortion due to foetal damage does not include pregnancies which endanger the mother's health or life, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday.

On Thursday the Polish constitutional court ruled that clauses permitting abortion in cases of an irreversibly damaged foetus in a 1993 abortion law were unconstitutional. The verdict sparked countrywide protests.

In a commentary on the ruling, Morawiecki said the ban aimed to exclude abortion on eugenic grounds, and did not embrace cases where the pregnancy is a threat to the mother's life or health, or pregnancies as the result of rape. He also appealed against aggressive reactions to the verdict and warned against their escalation.

Commenting on the protests, he said all acts of aggression and vandalism were "absolutely unacceptable," and announced that the government will oppose them "with determination." He added that all protests had to be contained within current anti-epidemic regulations.