PM condemns aggression at pro-choice protests, appeals for calm

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The issue of admissibility of termination of pregnancy evokes emotions everywhere in the world, but the scale of aggression and hate speech observed in recent days in Poland cannot be justified, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the Gazeta Polska weekly.

In an interview with the weekly, Morawiecki referred to last week's Constitutional Tribunal ban on abortion due to foetal defects.

"We are part of the Christian civilization in which helping the weakest and the disabled is a virtue and a moral imperative," Morawiecki said, adding that Poland's new abortion law still allows for terminations if the pregnancy is life threatening or resulted from a crime.

He wished all Poles could still believe that every human, regardless of disease or disability, has to be treated with dignity and respect. He appealed to all those who express their beliefs in public to weigh their words.

The prime minister added humiliating other people is unacceptable, even attempting to dehumanize them, and that vulgarity and aggression could not be accepted. "We have different views, but we are all human," he told the daily.

Last Thursday, the Constitutional Tribunal ruled that abortion due to foetal defects was unconstitutional, a decision which sparked countrywide protests, causing outrage among women. Many of the demonstrations have taken an aggressive form.