Local Governments In Poland Rescind Anti-LGBT Resolutions, Fearing Loss Of EU Funding

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Catholics gathered in front of Warsaw’s church of Holy Cross in an anti-LGBT protest in May.

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As An Election Nears In Poland, Church And State Are A Popular Combination

Since coming to power in 2015, the EU-skeptic, anti-immigrant Law and Justice Party has sought to woo voters with its «pro-family» social agenda that meshes neatly with the 9 in 10 Poles who identify as Catholic. In return, the church has given its «unwavering» support to Law and Justice, with priests in the country’s conservative countryside often encouraging their parishioners to vote for the party’s candidates, according to the National Catholic Reporter.

The party has also shown authoritarian tendencies, reportedly seeking to use the country’s public broadcaster against the opposition, granting lawmakers greater power to appoint judges and cracking down on dissent from judges who object.

Last year, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda declared that «LGBT is not people, it’s an ideology.» He said that during Poland’s communist era children had been indoctrinated. «Today, there are also attempts to push an ideology on us and our children, but different. It’s totally new, but it is also neo-Bolshevism,» he said, according to The Associated Press.

Poland also has tightened its tough anti-abortion laws — some of the strictest in Europe. Despite large protests, a ban on nearly all abortions went into effect at the beginning of 2021, removing an exception for fetal deformities. The law now allows abortions only in cases of rape or incest, or when the mother’s health or life is in danger.

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