President's abortion initiative good springboard for dialogue - official

An initiative proposed by President Andrzej Duda that could offer a solution to the divisive standoff over abortion law in Poland could be a good way to start discussions, said an aide to the prime minister.

"We are in favour of working out, through discussions, a solution for the situation, which embraces not only the government and politicians, but all Poles," Michal Dworczyk, the head of the prime minister’s office, said on Friday.

He added that every political formation has the right to come up with a legislative initiative but had to keep in mind that the supreme law is the constitution.

President Duda suggested on Wednesday the possibility of introducing new abortion regulations that would ensure the protection of life in the womb but do not expose women to unnecessary suffering.

"I am ready to engage in this work in order to find a solution that will bring social peace and show consideration for the health and rights of women," he said.

Meanwhile, the head of the executive committee of Law and Justice (PiS), the governing party, said the opposition United Right grouping is ready to back the president’s initiative. The committee’s head added that the PiS parliamentary caucus has no bills ready in this regard.

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal ruled that a 1993 law permitting abortion when there is severe damage to the foetus is unconstitutional. The ruling sparked mass protests which are continuing throughout the country.