By Terry Vanderheyden

WARSAW, November 1, 2005 ( – Coalition talks between Poland’s ruling minority Law and Justice Party and the Civic Platform Party broke down this week. This has forced Law and Justice to look to other minority parties like the Catholic Polish League of Families to shore up the control its 154 members have over the 460-member parliament.

The Polish League of Families, the most pro-life minority group in parliament, seeks to re-define abortion law to make abortion illegal under all circumstances. Presently, abortions can be committed when pregnancy results from rape, for fetal malformation, or if continuation of the pregnancy puts a mother’s life in danger.

“We have presented an anti-abortion law for consultation,” League of Families head Roman Giertych said, according to a Reuters News report. The 1993 abortion law was a compromise between Catholics and the ex-communists.

Law and Justice senior deputy Ludwik Dorn responded to the League’s motion, telling reporters, “We defended the current law, and do not believe the question should be taken up by the next government.”

Besides the League, Law and Justice is also looking to the populist Self-Defence party, and the rural Polish Peasant’s Party for control of parliament.

Law and Justice’s Prime Minister, Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, in an interview last month appearing in the Polish edition of Newsweek magazine, responded to a question asking whether homosexuality should be denounced by replying, “It’s unnatural. The family is natural, and the state must stand guard over the family.”

Lech Kaczynski, who as the mayor of Warsaw banned “gay pride” parades two years in a row, was elected as the country’s president last month. The conservative Law and Justice win in the country’s general election last month unseated a socialist-led government that has been in power since the fall of communism in 1989.

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