European Parliament Condemns Poland for Its Stance on Abortion

November 18, 2021
The Poland Chancellery

A year after the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that children with deformities have the same rights as others, including the right to be born, the European Parliament voted to “condemn” Poland and demand abortion in the country .

About a year ago, the Polish constitutional court declared unconstitutional the law authorizing abortion in cases of fetal malformation, recognizing that people with malformations have the same rights as others, including the right to life. It is a victory for defenders of the right to life.

After this decision, the only legal grounds for abortion in Poland were reduced to rape, incest, and a serious risk to the health of the mother.

On Thursday, November 11th, the European Parliament (EP) reiterated its condemnation of the decision of the Polish Constitutional Court which, in its interpretation, imposes an almost total ban on abortion.

The EP considers this to be an example of the “politicization” of the judiciary, the “systemic collapse” of the rule of law and the “illegitimacy” of the Polish constitutional court. Children who are born will have a different opinion.

In a statement released on Thursday, MEPs call on Polish President Andrzej Duda to “quickly and fully” guarantee access to a safe, legal, and free abortion in his country and argue that the decision, made on October 22, 2020, puts the life and health of women in danger.

This rhetoric is more than strange, because Polish law refers to granting people with disabilities the same rights as others, including the right to life.

MEPs regretted that the ruling would lead Polish citizens to resort to so-called “unsafe” abortions, to travel abroad, or to carry a pregnancy to term against their will, even in the event of a serious or fatal malformation of the fetus, according to the Parliament text.

MEPs urged member states to cooperate and facilitate cross-border access to enable Polish women to benefit from free and safe abortions in other national health systems.

“Last September, a 30-year-old Polish woman died of sepsis because doctors refused to perform a life-saving abortion. Instead, they decided to wait for the death of the fetus due to the restrictions on legal abortion in Poland,” reads the text of the EP, which fails to specify that the abortion in this case was legal.

Withholding the truth is often the most common medium used by supporters of the culture of death. On the other hand, as doctors reminded in the Dublin declaration, direct abortion is not medically necessary to save a woman's life.

This threatening and disgusting epistle has only one goal: to lay new grounds for the condemnation of Poland and the use of pressure tactics such as the suspension of European subsidies. Let us pray for Poland to continue on this life-saving path.