Last April pro abortion activists held a demonstration in front of the Polish Embassy in Budapest, with one of them dressing up as a bishop, conducting a mock Holy Mass, and concluding by handing out abortion pills as “Holy Communion”. Those receiving the pills repeated the words “Body of Christ”. Continue reading
The bid to defer the appointment of a “Special Rapporteur” on “LGBT Rights” has failed narrowly by 77 to 84 votes (with 16 abstentions) in the UN General Assembly. The appointee, Prof. Vitit Muntarbhorn, whose ideological bias and poor academic standards are amply evidenced through the fact that he is the co-author of a pretentious scam called “The Yogyakarta Principles”, has already begun his task, meeting up with the radical Homo-Lobby ILGA to receive and discuss their shopping list of new “rights”. Continue reading
A sad day for the pro-life movement in Poland and Europe: today the Polish Sejm rejected the civic bill brought forward by the citizens’ committee “Stop Aborcji”, which would have restricted abortion only to the cases where it is ethically justifiable, namely in the case of a risk of life of the mother. In doing so, the politicians overruled an initiative based on solid ethical and legal argument that had been promoted by thoughtful citizens, and instead chose to give in, in a rather cowardly manner, to the noise made by a fanaticised crowd that offered no arguments at all, but instead simply exhibited hatred and disrespect. Continue reading
Once again the European Parliament demonstrates its contempt for the rule of law when it comes to the issue of abortion. This time MEPs are all worked up about the proposed changes to the Polish law on abortion. They claim, wrongly, that the proposal to completely ban abortion would infringe ‘fundamental rights’. Neither the EU treaties, nor its Charter of Fundamental Rights, nor indeed any binding international document recognise a ‘right’ to abortion. Continue reading
With a strong majority the Polish Parliament (Sejm) has in first reading given green light to a bill that, if adopted, would considerably increase the legal protection of unborn human life. The draft would modify Poland’s current law on abortion, allowing terminations only if the mother’s life was at risk, and increasing the maximum jail term for doctors performing illegal abortions from two years to five.
The citizen’s initiative tabled in parliament by the Stop Abortion coalition would also make mothers liable to prison terms, though judges could waive punishment.
Feminist radicals and their allies are furiously opposing the measure, which, as they fear, could become a model to be followed by other countries wishing to ensure full and comprehensive protection of human rights.
While radical feminists never cease lamenting Poland’s “restrictive” abortion laws, these laws are in fact not restrictive at all: they allow abortion when the woman’s life or health is endangered by the continuation of pregnancy, when the pregnancy is a result of a criminal act (such as incest or rape), or when the fetus is malformed. It is the application of these rules that in Poland is more serious-minded than in other countries, which means that the right to life is better protected there than in most other countries.
But there is nothing good that could not be improved. A public petition to prohibit abortions in all cases except where there is a threat to the life of the pregnant woman has been signed by more than 500.000 Polish citizens, making the discussion of a draft bill in the Sejm mandatory.
The Polish government has given an unusually clear reply to a report published last week by Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, in which Poland’s murder-restrictive abortion law and its treatment of women were harshly criticized, Stefano Gennarini reports in the Friday Fax. Continue reading