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WARSAW, Poland -- Polish lawmakers began debating draft laws Wednesday that would impose a near-total ban on abortion, criminalize sex education in schools and equate homosexuality with pedophilia, revisiting proposals backed by a Catholic group that were shelved after a popular outcry. Domestic critics and international human rights organizations say Poland's conservative government is playing foul by bringing the controversial proposals to parliament during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Mass demonstrations thwarted the bills in the past but would be illegal under a current lockdown that limits gatherings to five people. The ruling Law and Justice party cited procedural reasons for the timing of the reintroduced measures.
Parliament speaker Elzbieta Witek noted that the two bills are citizens' initiatives and said that by examining them, the national legislature is fulfilling its democratic mandate. Law and Justice spokesman Radoslaw Fogiel said he could not predict how the party's lawmakers would vote because they are divided and there was no party discipline on such ideological matters.
Voting was scheduled for Thursday.
Poland already has some of Europe's strictest anti-abortion laws, and a society deeply divided between traditionalists loyal to the powerful Catholic Church and secular Poles who seek greater liberalization. Scores of women protested the bills in Warsaw on Tuesday, observing social distancing by driving singly in cars or by riding bicycles.
The proposed law would remove the last provision — even for fetuses with no chance of survival — which is the most common reason for legal abortion in the nation of 38 million.
The other bill would criminalize sex education in schools. Its backers say that will fight pedophilia and discourage early promiscuity. Critics say it would create a legal tool to persecute gay people. Law and Justice has so far tried to please the conservative Church, which wants greater restrictions on abortion.
But it doesn't want to alienate large sections of the secular population, and bowed to protests over the bills — again brought by a Catholic group. Several party officials stress that these are not the party's proposals, although others back them. Some believe the ruling party doesn't really want the laws approved, and might mothball them by referring them to committee for further work.
The party would still gain by having made a show of support for conservative issues ahead of the May presidential election, which will be held by mail due to the coronavirus lockdown. The fact that the election is still taking place has drawn the ire of opposition parties, who say that with campaigning ruled out by the lockdown, the conservative incumbent who is seeking re-election will have an unfair advantage. LOG IN. We'll notify you here with news about. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? Comments 0.
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