Polish Court Rules that Abortion due to Fetal Defect is not Compatible with the Constitution - Bishops' Conference President Appreciates this Decision

On October 22, 2020, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that the previous allowances of abortion due to a severe fetal defect are not compatible with the Polish constitution.

“Since the attribute of human dignity belongs to man from the moment of the inception of human life, and the protection of the right to life is a direct consequence of the protection of human dignity, the interpretation of Article 38 of the Constitution in the light of Article 30 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland leads to the conclusion that the right to life is a human right in stage of development, at which he is also entitled to the protection of human dignity, and therefore also in the prenatal period “- it read.

The President of the Polish Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, after the decision of the Constitutional Court in full -

I received with great appreciation today's decision by the Constitutional Court, which found that eugenic abortion is incompatible with the Constitution of the Republic of Poland.

With this decision it was established that the concept of 'life not worth living' stands in sharp contradiction to the principle of a legally regulated democratic state. Every person's life is of equal value to God from conception to natural death and should be equally protected by the state.

The attitude towards the weakest is like St. John Paul II says - the measure of democracy and goodness of society. Anyone with a righteous conscience realizes how unprecedentedly barbaric it is to deny everyone the right to life, especially because of their illnesses.

Let us now remember that children - who are directly affected by today's Constitutional Court decision - and their families should be surrounded by the special kindness and care of the state, society and the church as they enjoy this epoch-making change in the law .

+ Stanisław Gądecki
Metropolitan Archbishop of Poznan
Chairman of the Polish Bishops' Conference in
Poznan, October 22, 2020, St. John Paul II

 Sources: https://episkopat.pl/przewodniczacy-episkopatu-dziekuje-za-decyzje-trybunalu-konstytucyjnego/