Senate head calls for dialogue in abortion conflict

Grodzki wrote on Twitter that he supported the protests, and appealed to the government to enter dialogue in the matter with the protesters. /Twitter

Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki on Wednesday appealed for dialogue between the government and protesters against a recently-introduced ban on abortion due to foetal damage.

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).

Grodzki wrote on Twitter that he supported the protests, and appealed to the government to enter dialogue in the matter with the protesters.

"I support Polish women, who have spent another day on protests in defence of their rights. I appeal to the government to launch dialogue with the people. This would be better than threats, attacks and mutual insults," Grodzki wrote on Twitter.

He added that the Senate could be a good venue for such talks.