CNA Staff, Nov 4, 2020 / 09:00 am
A Catholic archbishop said Tuesday that an abortion law proposal outlined by Poland’s president would amount to a “new form of euthanasia.”
Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of Poland’s bishops’ conference, told the Polish Catholic news agency KAI Nov. 3 that Catholics should oppose a change in the law that would permit abortion in cases of fatal fetal abnormality.
President Andrzej Duda announced Oct. 30 that he would propose a bill permitting abortion when there was “a high probability that the child will be stillborn or have an incurable disease or defect that will lead to the death of the child inevitably and directly.”
Duda made the proposal following mass demonstrations across Poland in response to an Oct. 22 ruling by the constitutional court that a law permitting abortion for fetal abnormalities was unconstitutional.
The ruling, which cannot be appealed, opened the way for lawmakers to amend a 1993 law on abortion and ban what pro-lifers refer to as “eugenic abortions.”
In an interview with KAI, the archbishop of Poznań said: “The presidential proposal would be a new form of euthanasia that selects individuals according to the possibility of survival. This time around, eugenic abortions will be subsumed under the new rule -- with the possible exception of children with Down syndrome -- and everything will remain at the same point.”
It emerged this week that the government had delayed the publication of the constitutional court’s ruling. The judgment, which has no legal force until its publication in the Journal of Laws, was scheduled to be published Nov. 2.
But Michał Dworczyk, the chief of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland, told the Associated Press: “There is a discussion going on, and it would be good to take some time for dialogue and for finding a new position in this situation that is difficult and stirs high emotions.”