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European Parliament criticizes Poland for passing ban on eugenic abortions

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A little over two months after Poland passed a law banning eugenic abortions, the European Parliament (EP) has issued a resolution condemning the pro-life country.

The First News, a newspaper covering issues in Poland, reported that the EP “strongly condemned” the ruling from the 13-member Constitutional Court, which declared that aborting a preborn child because of a poor prenatal diagnosis is unconstitutional. However, after widespread protests, the government chose to delay the ruling. In order for the ruling to go into effect, it had to be published by November 2 by the Government Legislation Centre. As a result, abortion is still legal in Poland in cases of a prenatal diagnosis. Poland, already one of the most pro-life countries in the world, also allows abortion in cases of rape, incest, and when the mother’s life is at risk.

READ: Poland misses window to enact pro-life law as protestors push for eugenic abortion

According to the motion, the EP “underlines that the aforementioned ruling is yet another example of the political takeover of the judiciary and the systemic collapse of the rule of law in Poland.” In response, Julia Przelebska, president of the country’s Constitutional Tribunal, called the EP resolution “an unprecedented attempt to interfere with internal systemic issues of the Republic of Poland not covered by European treaties.”

Currently, nearly 100% of babies with a prenatal diagnosis in Poland are aborted. As previously covered by Live Action News, babies with disabilities who survive the abortion process have also reportedly been left to die.

 

Most abortions in Poland, according to CNN, are committed due to a prenatal diagnosis. President Andrzej Duda said he believes these children deserve to live. “I am a strong opponent of eugenic abortion and I believe that killing children with disabilities is frankly murder,” Duda previously said after Poland’s governing Law and Justice party tried to pass a bill banning eugenic abortions. “If the plan finds itself on my desk, I will in all certainty sign it.” In September, Duda became the country’s first president to participate in the March for Life and Family.

Should a ban on eugenic abortion take hold in Poland, the overwhelming majority of abortions in the country would stop. As thousands of medical professionals have stated, the purposeful killing of a preborn human being is never medically necessary. If a woman’s life is at risk, a C-section is faster and safer than a late-term abortion which carries heavy risks, and takes several days.

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