EP faction heads write Polish PM over abortion conflict

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The leaders of five EP factions in a Friday letter to Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki protested against Poland's recent ban on abortion on foetal damage grounds, which they called an "unprecedented attack on the rights and freedoms of women."

"We wish to express our solidarity with the thousands of Polish women and men who, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, took to the streets of cities and towns Polandwide to protest against barbaric restrictions which undermine basic human rights," the letter read.

The letter was signed by the heads of the European People's Party (EPP), the Socialists and Democrats, the Greens, Renew Europe (Renew) and the United European Left.

Demonstrations in Warsaw and other Polish cities have been continuing since last Thursday, when the Polish constitutional court ruled that provisions allowing abortion in the case of a high probability of severe and irreversible foetal damage or an incurable disease that threatens the life of the foetus are inconsistent with the constitution.