Polish New Left party pushes pro-abortion bills in new coalition government

Polish New Left party pushes pro-abortion bills in new coalition government

“The left has always fought, is fighting, and will fight for women’s rights, because there is no safe Poland without a safe Polish woman,” the post added.

Poland’s right-wing coalition led by the Law and Justice party lost 41 seats in the October elections, which brought the coalition’s 51% majority of seats down to a 42% plurality. Amid the nine-point swing, left-wing and centrist parties signed a pact to establish a coalition government opposing Law and Justice.

Even though members of the New Left are part of this coalition, it is not the most dominant force within it. The party, which holds 26 seats, also lost 23 seats in the October elections, which cut its representation nearly in half. 

Rather, Poland’s centrist lawmakers, who are also part of the coalition, saw the most momentum in the elections: The centrist Civic Coalition picked up 23 seats and the center-right Third Way picked up 35 seats. 

The Civic Coalition, which holds the most seats in the new coalition, is led by Donald Tusk, who last year signaled his support for legalizing abortion up to 12 weeks after pregnancy. He is the front-runner to be Poland’s next prime minister.

However, Third Way has not endorsed the plan to legalize abortion up to 12 weeks. Although its manifesto criticized the near-total ban on abortion, it suggests the issue should be decided via national referendum. 

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