Federation for Women and Family Planning, Poland, www.federa.org.pl
Polish Vice Prime Minister calls for the
constitutional protection of unborn life.
real threat of further restrictions on the anti–abortion law in Poland is
present. According to the existing bill, termination of pregnancy is legal to
save women’s life and health, when the fetus is badly deformed or when the
pregnancy is a result of a crime. Although the law is already restrictive, there
is a political initiative to make abortion fully illegal. Roman Giertych, the
Polish Vice Prime Minister also at the position of Minister of National
Education and the president of the League of Polish Families (LPR)
political party appealed on Saturday to all parliamentarians for their support
for the amendment of the article 38 of the Polish Constitution. Article 38
states that “The Republic of Poland shall ensure the legal protection of the
life of every human being”. The LPR’s proposal is to add the phrase “from the
moment of conception” at the end of the sentence.
Giertych claims that the introduction of the constitutional protection of unborn
life will be a milestone in realizing John Paul II Testament. He also dared to
compare “killing unborn babies” with Holocaust.
The amendment of
the Article 38 will be put to the vote in about one week. As for today, Giertych
has been already assured by the second Vice Prime Minister, Andrzej Lepper, that
his party Self-Defence (Samoobrona) will
support the amendment. Both parties, the League of Polish Families
and Self-Defence stay in coalition with the last election winning party
Law and Justice (PiS). Everything depends on the
decision of the PiS now but still its attitude towards the constitutional
amendment remains ambiguous and indefinite. One of the prominent members of PiS
and the parliamentarian speaker, Marek Jurek stated on Tuesday that indeed there
is such a need to guarantee the protection of life from the moment of conception
in the Constitution.
The League of Polish Families
is known from its nationalistic, fundamental and anti-choice viewpoints. Last
year, Maciej Giertych, Roman Giertych’s father and member of the European
Parliament, organized a radical anti-abortion exhibition in the European
Parliament in Strasbourg.
Federation for Women and Family Planning is organizing action against LPR's
initiative. If you would like to support the protest against
totally ban abortion in Poland, please sign up our open letter: http://www.federa.org.pl/signatures
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