The civic bill banning abortion was being processed in the Sejm on Wednesday. The motion for its rejection was submitted by, among others, PiS MP Anita Czerwińska. – It is not a decision of the entire party, the leadership. Today’s voting may be different, there are PiS MPs who believe that such penalties for abortion are right – commented KO MP Barbara Nowacka on Thursday on TVN24.
On Wednesday evening, it was processed in the Sejm a citizen’s bill banning abortion entirely. It assumes that termination of pregnancy may be treated as homicide. Therefore, its execution could be punishable by 5 to 25 years in prison or life imprisonment.
Several clubs submitted a motion to reject the bill at first reading, including PiS. – Facing women with the choice of death or prison does not lead to the protection of life – said Anita Czerwińska from PiS.
Nowacka: there are people in PiS who want to punish abortion with up to 25 years’ imprisonment or life imprisonment
Barbara Nowacka, a member of the Civic Coalition, spoke about this project and the parliamentary debate on TVN24 on Thursday.
When asked if she was surprised to hear Czerwińska’s voice critical of the project, she replied: – Seeing some PiS MPs who, however, applauded the fanatical rapporteur, it was a surprise.
– But if we listen to Czerwińska, we know that this is not a decision of the entire party, the leadership. Voting today may be different, because there is a group that thinks it’s okay to punish women for abortion, punish doctors, punish people who help women with up to 25 years imprisonment or life imprisonment. There are such people in PiS – emphasized the deputy.
As Nowacka said, “Polish women – especially since the judgment of the Tribunal – are simply afraid of getting pregnant, because they know that if something goes wrong, they will be left to themselves, and their pregnancies will be started by the prosecutor”. “As long as we are ruled by people who control women instead of keeping them safe, it will continue,” she added.
Nowacka: Abortion is a woman’s choice. Often difficult, often painful, and often it’s a relief
Nowacka was asked about the words of Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, Deputy Speaker of the Sejm from KO, who at the beginning of November said that “Civic Platform still believes that abortion is wrong.”
– I believe that abortion is a woman’s choice. Often difficult, often painful, and often it is a great relief, because we are also talking about cases of a direct threat to life. These are more complicated things than simply saying “good” or “bad”. It depends on the individual situation the woman is in. If the pregnancy is life-threatening, for our future, if we are dealing with a crime, it is the best possible decision. Very difficult and painful, but that’s just the way it is – Nowacka said on TVN24.
She emphasized that “the law is not about judging what is good and what is bad for a given woman”. – The law is to provide appropriate conditions for making this decision – she added.
Nowacka: Anyone who is at least a bit decent will not vote for this project
The deputy assured that no one in the KO club would vote for this project. – Such an inhumane project, even for the most conservative politicians, is unacceptable. How can you convict a mother to 25 years who will help her daughter, raped by her father, terminate the pregnancy, and a rapist to 12? This is an inhumane law – she emphasized.
– Anyone who is even slightly decent will not vote for this project. I am convinced that in our club, in Lewica, in the circle of Mr. Hołownia, no one will vote in favor. I am calm about it – she added.
Nowacka on plans to establish the Institute of Family and Demography
Nowacka also spoke about the plans to establish the Institute of Family and Demography. The project’s rapporteur on this matter is PiS MP Bartłomiej Wróblewski. – If Mr. Wróblewski is to protect my family, it is like inviting a shark to go swimming with small fish – she assessed.
– Mr. Wróblewski dreams that the head of this institute would have prosecution powers and be able to check parent-child relations, interfere with divorce issues, and control rainbow families, i.e. those in which same-sex couples raise children – enumerated the MP.
“It’s also about – and this is the height of disgusting – 30 million a year that can be hugged out of control. Let him use it for IVF. Many more children will be born thanks to this – she added.
Main photo source: TVN24