Poland has the most protective laws in Europe for women and children. In Poland, abortion is currently illegal except in cases of rape or incest, threats to the health of the mother, or fetal deformity. Such legislation has resulted in reports of less than a thousand abortions performed in Poland annually.
Early this year, Poland’s abortion laws were set to become even more limited with a new bill entering the Parliament. This bill would further protect the preborn, and prohibit abortions in instances of fetal deformity. The bill was proposed in January in what was referred to as a “black day” by Krystyna Kacpura, an executive for the Federation for Women and Family Planning.
The bill was first introduced by Kaja Godek, a prominent member of a pro-life group which views the practice of systematically eliminating deformed children in the womb as a form of eugenics. After passing through the early stages of Parliament in January, the bill has been stalled — much to the chagrin of pro-life groups who have been urging the government to pass the bill.
Meanwhile, pro-abortion women’s groups have been lobbying for the right to kill their children. Predictably, the impending debate on the abortion bill spawned protests all over Poland and other parts of Europe, some even at places of worship.
The bill has been stalled, and there is growing fear the wait will continue for the foreseeable future as the bill bounces between subcommittees.
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