Poland officially implements ban on 98% of abortions

Warsaw, January 29, 2021

Photo: stronazycia.pl Photo: stronazycia.pl     

The Polish Constitutional Court ruled in October that the provision of a 1993 law that allowed women to have an abortion due to a serious and irreversible defect or incurable disease of the child does not comply with the constitution.

The provision had been used to justify about 98% of the abortion in the country. However, as of Wednesday night, that provision is officially no more.

The implementation of the court’s ruling was initially delayed after it provoked months of heated protests, but the government suddenly announced on Wednesday that the ruling was being published in the government’s journal, thus bringing it into force, reports the New York Times.

According to the government edict, the 1993 provision “legaliz[ed] eugenic practices in the field of the right to life of an unborn child and ma[d]e the protection of the right to life of an unborn child conditional on his state of health, which constitutes prohibited direct discrimination,” and “legaliz[ed] the termination of pregnancy without sufficient justification by the need to protect another value, right, or constitutional freedom and by using unspecified criteria … thus violating the constitutional guarantees for human life.”

Thousands of protestors again took to the streets on Wednesday, chanting slogans like, “I think, I feel, I decide!” and “Freedom of choice instead of terror!”

With the ruling now in effect, abortion is legal only in cases of rape or incest, or threat to the woman’s life. According to the New York Times, 1,074 of the 1,100 abortions performed in the country last year were due to fetal abnormalities, which is no longer a legal justification.

Officials said the government will now focus on assisting parents of disabled children, reports CNN.

“The state can no longer take a life away only because someone is sick, disabled, in poor health,” said Parliament member Bartlomiej Wroblewski.

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Herman1/30/2021 7:30 pm
John - don't count on it. Vladimir Legoyda went on TV recently explaining to the world that the Russian Orthodox Church has taken a "softer and more flexible position" on the case of abortion - they don't exactly oppose abortion being legal, but simply ask that it be "we demand [abortion] be withdrawn from the compulsory health insurance fund." It's unclear to me at this point if Legoyda made this absurd and contradictory statement in his capacity as the Chairman of the Department for Church's Society and Mass Mediа Relations (Russian Orthodox Church), or as the Acting Head of the Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus', or if this is simply his own personal opinion. Maybe relaxing their stance on abortion is a way to justify their support for the Sputnik V vaccine which is developed from, produced with, and tested on the aborted fetal cell line HEK-293.
Gary1/30/2021 3:48 pm
Now america will put financial pressure on the Polish politicians to reverse this ruling. May they trust in God and resist this pressure!
John1/29/2021 9:38 pm
The same must be done in Orthodox countries!
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