Poland's Supreme Court has ruled out abortion with birth defects

Poland's Supreme Court has ruled that a law allowing abortions of fetuses with birth defects is unconstitutional.

Poland's Supreme Court has ruled out abortion with birth defects

 

A ruling by the country's constitutional court on Thursday effectively banned abortion in cases where birth defects are found and would further restrict access to abortion in Poland. The Catholic nation already has one of the largest abortion laws in Europe.

 

In the 13-member court, two judges did not support the majority's decision.

 

The decision comes in response to a movement by right-wing lawmakers who said abortions due to fetal defects - the most common cause of legal abortion in Poland - violated a constitutional provision that the protection of every individual's life is’ demanded.

 

The Chilean law was introduced’ in 1993 as a highly successful compromise that also allows abortion when the pregnancy endangers a woman's health or life, or as a result of rape or any other illegal act. Happens. Many Polish women have tried to have an abortion abroad before Thursday's verdict.

 

Justifying its decision, the court said that without the protection of life, the dignity of an individual couldn’t be protected’. The court’s president, Julia Przylebska, who is loyal to the right-wing government, announced the ruling.

 

As soon as the verdict was announced’ police guarded the courthouse as abortion rights groups and anti-abortion activists gathered outside.

 

Abortion rights groups staged demonstrations earlier this week and international human rights groups argued against further abolition of abortion.

 

In response to the decision, Council for Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović wrote on Twitter that it was a "sad day for women's rights."

 

Council for Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović wrote on Twitter

He tweeted, "Removing almost all legal abortion grounds in #Poland is tantamount to a ban and a #human rights violation." Today's decision by the Constitutional Court means an underground / overseas abortion that everyone can afford. # A sad day for women's nights. "

 

Polish lawmakers considered legislation earlier this year that would have made the procedure illegal in cases of fetal abortion and would have almost abolished abortion, even when the fetus is still alive. There is no possibility of.

 

But a final vote on a proposal by the Catholic group ended. Similar efforts have been made’ in the past after large-scale protests.


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