Warsaw, Poland, Jun 23, 2021 / 03:30 am
A Polish Catholic archbishop urged members of the European Parliament on Tuesday to reject a report describing abortion as “essential healthcare” and redefining conscientious objection as a “denial of medical care.”
Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, the president of the Polish bishops’ conference, made the appeal on June 22 as the European Union’s law-making body prepared to vote on the report calling on all EU member states to allow access to abortion.
“Abortion is always a violation of the fundamental human right to life, a violation even more abhorrent because it concerns the life of the weakest and completely defenseless human being. It is, therefore, a manifestation of the most unjust discrimination,” the archbishop of Poznań said.
The European Parliament is due to debate the “Report on the situation of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the EU, in the frame of women’s health” -- known as the Matić Report -- on Wednesday and vote on it on Thursday.