President saddened over abortion law conflict

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President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday admitted that he was "saddened" by the current conflict over abortion laws and understood the protests against a recent constitutional court ban on abortion on foetal damage grounds.

Duda told the Polsat News channel that he had hoped the court would provide time for the new regulations to be better elaborated. He also said that although he was against abortion on eugenic grounds, he understood the ongoing protests against the new laws because he "sensed" the situation in which they placed women.

Duda, currently in quarantine after being diagnosed with COVID-19, said he was ready to participate in the preparation of a solution that would "bring social peace and show consideration for the health and rights of women."

He added that he was prepared to ask for help in the matter from experts he knew from sittings of the National Development Council.

Countrywide mass protests are continuing in Poland since last Thursday's constitutional court ruling against abortion due to foetal damage. Explaining the motives behind the verdict, the court said human life warranted protection in every development phase.

Protests against the ruling continued in most major cities, including Warsaw, Katowice, Krakow, Szczecin and Czestochowa. In Warsaw demonstrators attempted to enter the building of the Sejm (lower house).