Opposition criticises publication of "pseudo-tribunal's" abortion ruling

According to Budka, the timing of the publication is not coincidental. In his opinion, the aim of this action is to "cover the ineffectiveness" of the government's steps in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

Civic Coalition politicians used strong words in criticising plans to publish the Constitutional Tribunal's rationale behind its October 22, 2020 ruling which almost completely bans abortion in Poland.

Civic Platform (PO) leader Borys Budka called the announcement of the publication a provocation. "The publication on the Constitutional Tribunal's website of the justification for the pseudo-judgment of this pseudo-tribunal at a time when Poland is in the midst of a struggle against the pandemic is, in my opinion, a provocation on the part of (Law and Justice head) Jarosław Kaczyński."

According to Budka, the timing of the publication is not coincidental. In his opinion, the aim of this action is to "cover the ineffectiveness" of the government's steps in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Today the government is trying to cover up its ineptitude, it is trying to cover up the failure of the vaccination programme. (...) It is trying to distract attention from entrepreneurs who are going bankrupt and it is doing it in an extremely cynical way by playing with the health and lives of Polish women," Budka said.

"This is not a tribunal, it is not a judgement. They are bastards. Bastards who, in the most difficult moment that contemporary Polish history has seen, once again trigger a Polish-Polish war. They are going to war with Poles, with their families, threatening economic security and the stability of Polish families," Civic Coalition MP and leader of Polish Initiative Barbara Nowacka said.

Civic Coalition MP Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz stated that the October ruling was already "taking a tragic toll" as its very pronouncement made it difficult for many women to access legal abortions, forcing them to give birth to terminally ill children.

According to the Government Information Centre, the rationale would be published in the Journal of Laws on Wednesday evening.