Poland tries to calm mass out­rage at abor­tion pro­posal

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WAR­SAW, Poland — Poland’s govern­ment strug­gled Tues­day to deal with the fall­out from mas­sive street protests by women fu­ri­ous at a leg­isla­tive pro­posal to im­pose a to­tal ban on abor­tion — and gave sig­nals that it would with­hold its sup­port from the deeply di­vi­sive mea­sure.

For­eign Min­is­ter Wi­told Waszczykowski de­nounced the protests — which in­volved thou­sands of peo­ple across the na­tion — as “mar­ginal” and “a mock­ery of im­por­tant is­sues.” But when that trig­gered out­rage among fe­male op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers, Prime Min­is­ter Beata Szydlo at­tempted to calm the wa­ters, say­ing that she did not ap­prove of Waszczykowski’s com­ments and that her govern­ment is not ac­tively en­gaged in an at­tempt to fur­ther re­strict the cur­rent law, which is al­ready one of the most re­stric­tive in Europe.

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