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>> Poland will not bring in a near total ban on abortion. Plans to allow a termination only if the mother's life were in direct danger rejected by the country's parliament.
at after nationwide protests saw thousands of women dressed in black take to the streets to oppose the idea.
Polish abortion laws are already quite strict. Only allowed in the case of rape, incest, or because the health of the mother or baby is at risk. Reuters' Justyna Pawlak in Warsaw explains.>> Europe-wide, these are quite restrictive ideas. You have to remember it's still a very Catholic country.
And, interestingly, a lot of women and people who are pro-life actually are okay with these rules. However, in this case, with this proposal many felt that they would be forced into circumstances that they just found unacceptable. Having a very sick child, giving birth to a child that would die in a few days, things like this.
It appeared to be a concern about these extreme cases.>> The ruling conservatives unexpectedly withdrew their support. The first time the law and justice party have had to back down because of domestic pressure and public anger.>> The biggest concern for the ruling party is that they were able to win last year's election and secure a parliamentary majority which was a landmark vote, really, for them.
Because they were able to broaden their traditional electorate. Traditionally, they win the votes of the poor, the less educated, people from rural areas. This time they brought in quite a lot of the middle ground, people who are attracted to their welfare spending ideas, but were not as conservative.
And they could lose that section of the electorate.>> This included some of the women protesters, votes they certainly won't be getting next time around.