Liberal Polish MP Dariusz Dziadzio, of the Ruch Palikot party, urged colleagues to vote against further tightening Poland’s already draconian abortion laws with the words ‘Reject the project. Do not be afraid, you will not go to hell. For a small fee, the bishops will give you absolution’.
Mr Dziadzio was speaking during the debate on an attempt by Solidarna Polska to ban abortions in cases when the child may be born disabled. The motion was defeated by 245 votes against, 184 in favour, and 10 abstentions.
During the debate, opposition MP Bartosz Kownacki (Law and Justice) added: “No one has the right to decide about the lives of others.” Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, speaking for the ruling party PO, urged MPs not to be ‘someone else’s conscience’.
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. Some 600 legal abortions are carried out in Poland each year, but many more are undertaken by Polish women forced to travel abroad in order to have their operations.
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