CNA Staff, Oct 23, 2020 / 05:00 am
Polish president Andrzej Duda welcomed a landmark court ruling on abortion Friday.
He told the newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna Oct. 23 that he supported the constitutional court’s verdict that a law permitting abortion for fetal abnormalities was unconstitutional.
“I have said it many times and I have never concealed it, that abortion for so-called eugenic reasons should not be allowed in Poland. I believed and believe that every child has a right to life,” he said in an interview with the legal and business daily.
Duda, who was reelected by a narrow margin in July, is associated with the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS). A group of 119 MPs belonging to PiS, as well two smaller parties, asked the constitutional court to review the country’s abortion law last year.
They argued that a 1993 law permitting abortion in cases of fetal abnormality was incompatible with the Polish constitution.
In the highly anticipated ruling Oct. 22 -- the feast day of Polish pope St. John Paul II -- the Constitutional Tribunal in Warsaw declared that the law was unconstitutional.
The court found that abortion in the case of a high probability of severe and irreversible impairment of the fetus, or an incurable disease that threatens its life, was inconsistent with constitutional provisions protecting human life.
The ruling, which cannot be appealed, could lead to a significant reduction in the number of abortions in the country.