On Wednesday, the Constitutional Tribunal published the rationale for the abortion judgment, and a few hours later the judgment was published in the Journal of Laws. – This solution will hit society very hard, families, including people voting for the ruling coalition – said Kamila Ferenc, a lawyer from the Federation for Women and Family Planning.
Late Wednesday night The judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal of October 22, 2020 was published in the Journal of Laws on the unconstitutionality of the provision allowing abortion in the case of a high probability of severe and irreversible impairment of the fetus or an incurable disease that threatens its life.
– I am not surprised by the insolence of the authorities and the rulers. However, I am surprised because this step is a big shot in the foot of the ruling coalition. This is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, mistakes in all her achievements, because this solution will hit society very hard, on families, including people voting for the ruling coalition, assessed Kamila Ferenc, lawyer from the Federation for Women and Family Planning.
– People in Poland, regardless of their faith or political views, need abortion and terminate their pregnancies, including the PiS electorate. This solution, this pseudo-decision, will hit this electorate very hard. I have the impression that this may also affect the government, its support, because support for the liberalization of the abortion law in Poland is growing – she added.
The representative of the Federation for Women and Family Planning believes that abortion is not a difficult topic, “although it may be accompanied by very different emotions”. – But it is difficult to seek access to abortion in Poland, due to the approach of institutions, authorities, doctors, hospitals and the atmosphere around the topic of abortion – she added.
Publication of the justification and judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal
On Wednesday, the Constitutional Court published the rationale of the judgment of October 22, 2020, in which it ruled that the provision of the so-called anti-abortion act of 1993 allowing abortion in the event of severe and irreversible fetal impairment or an incurable disease that threatens its life is inconsistent with the constitution.
Dissenting opinions to justify the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal were submitted by three judges. Late on Wednesday evening, the judgment was published in the Journal of Laws.
The opposition and many constitutionalists claim that the composition of the Constitutional Tribunal, chaired by Julia Przyłębska, was incorrectly cast – it was composed, among others, of the so-called doubles judges.
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