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Poland's abortion ban is a cynical attempt to exploit religion by a failing leader | Karolina Wigura

Published Oct 28 2020 at 3:41 PM GMT
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  • Kaczy'ski's populist move aims to keep the Catholic church on side, but mass protests suggest he's gone too farCoronavirus may be new, but the authoritarian instinct is as old as politics itself.
  • One of the standard tricks of the Covid-19-era illiberal populist is to reach for religion when you are being accused of incompetence.
  • Donald Trump posed for photos with the Bible, Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdo'an, converted the Hagia Sophia into a mosque, and in Poland Jaros'aw Kaczy'ski, the leader of the Law and Justice party (PiS), has resorted to an almost total ban on abortion.
  • A ruling from Poland's constitutional tribunal last week outlawed abortion in cases where the foetus is severely damaged or malformed.
  • This in practice now means almost all forms of abortion are banned.




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  • Published Oct 28, 2020 3:41 PM GMT