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The rulers knew perfectly well that they were not able to implement these changes by the parliament, so they made a bypass by the Constitutional Tribunal – stated Dr. Anna Materska-Sosnowska, political scientist from the University of Warsaw in “Faktach po Faktach”. According to the sociologist professor Andrzej Rychard, Jarosław Kaczyński did not predict how strong the consent to the abortion compromise was among Poles.

Since the announcement of the decision of the Constitutional Tribunal chaired by Julia Przyłębska on the admissibility of abortion, protests have been going on all over Poland. On Friday, the president Andrzej Duda informed that – after consultations – he would submit to the Sejm a draft amending the act on abortion. According to the content of the draft, abortion would be possible in the case of lethal defects, but it would not be possible for other malformations, including Down syndrome, for example.

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“They knew very well that they were unable to get these changes through parliament, so they made a workaround”

– We can assume that this ruling was ready before the elections, but the decision (at that time – editor) was not to publish the ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal, president Julia Przyłębska – stated in “Faktach po Faktach” political scientist Dr. Anna Materska-Sosnowska.

In her opinion, the rulers “knew perfectly well that they were unable to bring these changes through the parliament, so they made a workaround and passed it through the Constitutional Tribunal.”

In her opinion, the law and justice treated the black protests from a few years ago as “bear grunts”. She stressed that “disregarding such voices makes them tense”. – It is not only about abortion, it is human rights – argued the political scientist.

“Power begins to lose power”

According to Professor Andrzej Rychard, Jarosław Kaczyński did not predict how strong the consent to the abortion compromise was among Poles. “But he didn’t foresee anything more,” added the sociologist.

As he said, the protests taking place all over Poland obviously concern abortion, “because this is the issue in which great politics directly becomes a politics that affects people and it motivates people to protest very much”. However, in his opinion, people who take to the streets today are about something more. – In my opinion, at least for some of the protesters, abortion appears as a kind of language in which dissatisfaction is expressed, not only in the case of abortion. This has become the catalyst for the protests, the participants of which are largely behind their heads in general limiting the institution of liberal democracy in our country – said Rychard.

As he said, “what the Law and Justice and Jarosław Kaczyński are experiencing is a state where the authorities begin to lose their power.” – In the deeper sense of the word “power” – not so formal – understood as the possibility of influencing social processes – explained the guest of “Facts after Facts”.

At the same time, he noted that the breakthrough, apart from “rebellion and protest”, also requires “a clear vision of what may happen next, and above all a political instrument that could implement this vision”. – There is no such thing, but the motivational force of these protests is huge – pointed out the sociologist.

Main photo source: PAP / Leszek Szymański



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