Today’s debate on tightening the abortion law in Poland – one of the most draconic in Europe – was marred by rising tempers with one female member of parliament being told she was ‘an incubator’.
‘A child is not yours’ was another interjection.
The outburst happened during the debate which defeated the Solidarna Polska proposal to ban abortion in cases of a foetus with an incurable, life-threatening disease, and prompted a heated debate about the law on abortion in relation to children who would be born disabled.
Jarosłąw Katulski (PO) said anyone who condemned a woman to give birth to a foetus ‘with no head’ should answer to their conscience. Anna Sobecka (PiS) said it was unconstitutional to kill a sick child.
Abortion in Poland is legal only if the pregnancy is the result of rape, if the foetus is seriously malformed, or if continuation of the pregnancy would be a health risk for the woman. A woman who has an illegal abortion will not be punished, but it is a criminal offence to persuade a woman to do to so.
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