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Abortion law Andrzej Duda Jarosław Kaczyński Mateusz Morawiecki PiS Poland Protests Commentary

Poland’s ruling conservatives need united message on abortion protests

The ruling party is sending out contradictory messages which will lead to a further rise in tensions, warns Rzeczpospolita daily columnist Michał Szułdrzyński

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Michał Szułdrzyński

Often politicians from the same party say different things in order to reach different voter groups, and the same goes for Poland’s Law and Justice party (PiS).

When it wants to reach more radical voters, it sends former Minister of Defense Antoni Macierewicz. When it wants to reach entrepreneurs, it sends Mateusz Morawiecki. When it wants to add fuel to the political fire, Jarosław Kaczyński himself gives an interview.

Such a diversification of messages has its limits.

First of all, these messages cannot contradict each other. When that happens, instead of a melody written for several grand pianos, we are met with a cacophony. This is exactly what we can see when listening to the statements of government officials concerning the protests.

President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Morawiecki are trying to diffuse the situation.

Duda stated that he knows many “honest women” who are worried with the Constitutional Court’s verdict, which found eugenic abortions to be unconstitutional. He also appealed for them to accept such legislation, which will tone down tensions. The prime minister followed the same path, claiming that the court’s verdict did not ban women having abortions if it put their lives at risk.

For the first time since PiS took over power, the president’s family referred to an issue. The first lady said in an interview for Polsat News that she has doubts whether women should be forced into heroism — to give birth to and raise disabled children. Although she did point out that she could not imagine a situation in which she would terminate a pregnancy.

The president’s daughter also spoke out, admitting that she was a supporter of the previous abortion compromise and that she could not accept the situation created by the court’s verdict.