The court ruling bans the abortion of fetuses with congenital defects, and critics argue that it narrows the already tight law to a near total ban of abortions. The Constitutional Tribunal published the justification of its decision, which means it can now be officially printed and take immediate effect. The printing was expected later Wednesday.

New protests broke out in Polish cities yesterday 27 January 2021, shortly after the country’s top court confirmed its strict anti-abortion law. The ban on abortions in nearly all circumstances is to come into effect after the law was published. Thousands of people gathered outside the court building in Warsaw in the evening, responding to calls for new protests by women’s groups who masterminded weeks of massive demonstrations last year against the initial ruling in October.

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