WARSAW, Poland — Tensions are running high between Poland’s right-wing government and opponents who waged a large nationwide protest on Monday against a legislative proposal for a total ban on abortion.

Many thousands of women donned black and attended protest rallies, joined by many men. Some also boycotted work and classes.

Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, from the ruling Law and Justice party, on Tuesday called the protests “marginal” and denounced them as “a mockery of important issues.”

He said matters of life and death should not be addressed by people dressing in black and taking to the streets, and he also pointed to what he called vulgar slogans used by some protesters.

Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz, of the opposition party Modern, said Waszczykowski showed “huge contempt” for women.