Polish court rejects liberal abortion law
May 28, 1997
Web posted at: 6:00 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT)
WARSAW, Poland (CNN) -- A Polish law passed last year that
effectively allowed abortions on demand clashes with the
constitution and must be re-examined by parliament, Poland's
Constitutional Tribunal ruled Wednesday.
The tribunal ruling comes days ahead of a visit by Pope John
Paul II, who was appalled by the liberalization of abortion
in his native country. The pope is to arrive May 31.
The law sparked heated debate in Poland, especially among
pro-Catholic parties. A two-thirds majority is need in
parliament to overturn the existing law. Pending a
parliamentary vote, the law will remain in effect.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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