The United States is not the only nation where abortion laws could pivot this year. In Catholic Poland, abortion is still largely viewed as the horror it is by the population, which is 87% Catholic. Pro-life legislation, introduced in 2017 by the “Stop Abortion” pro-life group, would ban abortions on babies with fetal abnormalities. Their bill, introduced by citizen initiative, had over an overwhelming 830,000 signatories. But now the bill is stalled in a subcommittee. Will 2019 be the year to set it free?
HLI Polska (Poland) comments: “Society in Poland is mostly for Life, but many people do not understand what eugenics is or why it is necessary to protect prenatally ill children. Education in this area is completely insufficient, and liberal media have a huge advantage.” One of HLI Polska’s initiatives in promoting the bill has been to educate Poles via its website.
Polish law protects the sanctity of human life to an extent only exceeded by Malta and Northern Ireland. Exceptions to the law are three: these include if the health and life of the mother is threatened, if the pregnancy is the result of a crime, and when there is a suspicion that the child is seriously ill. The tally of these legal abortions exceeded one thousand deaths annually (1,055) in 2016. Pro-lifers allege most of these abortions are on children with genetic defects, Down’s syndrome being one such example.
The Church is not the only entity to support Life. The PiS, the ruling government party or the “Law and Justice” party, is of like mind, at least officially. Chair Jarosław Aleksander Kaczyński supports this bill, and has stated that every child has the right to be born so as to be “baptized, buried and have a name.”
But once the bill was submitted to the Sejm or lower house of Parliament, the move prompted a series of pro-abortion demonstrations over several months and ever since the bill has sat in subcommittee. HLI Polska: “The situation is difficult for several reasons. The issue of abortion is a pretext. Despite the fact many parliamentarians are in favor of this bill, the government fears a negative social reaction fueled by the liberal opposition to gain power.” HLI Polska adds: “It should be remembered there is great pressure on Poland from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the UN to legalize abortion. Abortion is treated by many liberal MEPs as a human right, so the pressure on Poland from this side is also very dangerous for the Polish government.”
Add to that Polish elections scheduled for this October or November, and stakes are raised in an election year. All 460 members of the Sejm and also all 100 senators are up for election. The PiS hold the first post-communist majority ever elected. And local elections held in October, 2018 still put the PiS ahead, but with less than a margin than the previously election. Some feel this win may encourage the PiS to move ahead with its pro-life legislation, but will it take the risk?
We see many stories in the media which characterize it as a humane act to abort if baby is not perfect, genetically different, or will not survive long after birth. There is nothing humane about this process. Most parents are presented only with challenges to expect, known as “non-directive counseling.” Yet those offered positive palliative care options? 80% chose to carry their baby lovingly to term.
Remember, this is still your child! And there is a chance that even at 12 weeks your baby can feel pain, because of the level of brain development. Remember, God gives life and each of us is made in His image. Click on the links in this paragraph to learn more about your baby’s development and why abortion should never be a choice for genetically different or sick babies, even with potentially fatal anomalies.