Poland’s new abortion law went into effect Wednesday, January 27, 2021, banning abortion for babies who receive a poor prenatal diagnosis. The original decision was handed down by the Constitutional Tribunal in October 2020 but was delayed from taking effect due to protests from abortion supporters who wished to see eugenic abortions continue. According to The New York Times, on Wednesday, the government announced the ruling would be published in the government’s journal and would therefore become active. It has now officially been added to the journal.
Previously, abortion was legal in Poland for cases of rape and incest, risks to the woman’s life, and poor prenatal diagnoses. According to CNN, about 98% of the abortions in Poland are committed due to a poor prenatal diagnosis. The New York Times reported that 1,074 of the 1,100 abortions in Poland last year were committed on babies specifically because of a health condition or disability. Since October, many doctors had pre-emptively stopped committing abortions for reasons of prenatal diagnosis, according to Polish media.
“The right to life is a fundamental human right,” said Polish Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki in December 2020. “It takes precedence over the right to choose, because no person can authoritatively allow the possibility of killing another.”
“Everyone has the right to life,” he added. “The European Union thus recognizes that the inalienable dignity of the human person and respect for the right to life are fundamental criteria for democracy and the rule of law.”
Abortion supporters protested on Wednesday night calling the new law “terror.” But the true terror is what happens to preborn children during an abortion. When a child receives a prenatal diagnosis, his or her mother is often into the second trimester, which means a D&E abortion procedure would be used to brutally kill the baby by ripping off the child’s arms and legs and crushing the baby’s skull, as explained by former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino in the video below:
The October decision was handed down by a 13-member court, with just two judges dissenting. Polish President Andrzej Duda is pro-life and participated in Poland’s March for Life in 2020. “I am a strong opponent of eugenic abortion and I believe that killing children with disabilities is frankly murder,” Duda said in April concerning a bill to ban abortion based on fetal diagnosis. “If the plan finds itself on my desk, I will in all certainty sign it.” The bill, however, did not make it through parliament. That’s when the court took it up.
Abortion remains legal in Poland in cases of rape and incest and if the woman’s life is at risk, though the deliberate targeting of a preborn child for death is never medically necessary.
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