Every year 40,000 women die from dangerous abortions worldwide. Should Poland, a democratic country in the center of Europe, join these infamous statistics? – asked Krystyna Kacpura, director of the Federation for Women and Family Planning on TVN24. She commented on the decision of the Constitutional Tribunal which stated that the provision on the possibility of termination of pregnancy due to irreversible fetal defects is inconsistent with the Basic Law.
Thursday The Constitutional Court ruled that the provisions on abortion were unconstitutional in the event of severe fetal impairment. It is a negation of the abortion compromise worked out in the 1990s. The decision was made by a majority of votes. Two judges – Piotr Pszczółkowski and Leon Kieres – submitted a dissenting opinion.
“I know what these tragedies are. They are torture and cruelty”
Krystyna Kacpura, director of the Federation for Women and Family Planning commented on the judgment in the morning TVN24 channel. – It is a disgrace for the Polish state, it is cruelty towards women. In my wildest dreams, I did not think that it would happen almost thirty years after the liberalization of abortion law in Europe – she said. At the same time, she pointed out that Europe has “many, many voices supporting us”.
– The fact that the Constitutional Tribunal dealt with it is a terrible thing for me, because the bill still lies in the Sejm – she pointed out.
It is about the “Stop Abortion” project, assuming the abolition of the possibility of terminating pregnancy due to the high probability of severe and irreversible fetal defects. The proposal was submitted to the Sejm in autumn 2017. – Why did PiS decide on the Tribunal? It did so when the composition of the Tribunal was appropriate to political needs, she said.
Kacpura said that her daily tasks include monitoring access to legal abortion in Poland. She mentioned that this applies to “women whose fetuses have enormous embryopathological defects”. – I know what these tragedies are. This is torture and cruelty towards women who are already going through the trouble that their fetus is damaged – she explained. She also emphasized that all these were “wanted pregnancies, because nobody waits with an abortion until the twentieth week”.
– The double stigmatization of women and now preventing them from making their own decisions is an absolute cruelty of the state towards more than half of its society – she emphasized. – We certainly will not get over with it – she concluded.
The sentence will hit women “living in small towns, without money”
The director of the Federation for Women and Family Planning on TVN24 pointed out that the ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal will not stop abortion, and “again it will hit the poorest women, living in small towns, without money, unemployed”. – These women will have to be helped. I am afraid that they will use methods that are dangerous to their health and life – she admitted.
– Due to dangerous abortions, 40,000 women die every year in the world. About two million are hospitalized for unsafe abortions, she pointed out. – Is Poland, a democratic country in the center of Europe, to join these infamous statistics? – she asked.
After the Tribunal’s ruling, opponents of changes in the abortion law protested on Thursday evening in several Polish cities.
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