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Abortion in Poland. Magdalena Biejat: let the president show which side he is on

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I’m tired of hearing the president veto everything. Let him veto it. Let him show which side he is on. I think it’s good to know – said Magdalena Biejat, deputy speaker of the Senate (Together), in the “Fakty po Faktach” program on TVN24. – Today, the bill on the morning-after pill passed from the Senate. It will go to the president’s desk. And very well. Let the president make a good decision. But let’s send him bills, she appealed.

On Tuesday, the Speaker of the Sejm Szymon Hołownia announced that he had decided to proceed with the abortion bills in the Sejm on April 11, just after the first round elections local government. MPs from the Left protested against this decision on Wednesday.

Biejat: we are ready for this debate

Magdalena Biejat in “Fakty po Faktach” stated that Marshal Hołownia “is making up more excuses” and “finding allies in the form of the Confederation to stop the discussion on abortion.”

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– During the vote at the Sejm Presidium, there was a discussion on whether to start a discussion on abortion projects at this session. The Left and the Civic Coalition were, of course, in favor of starting this discussion. Unfortunately, Third Droga, together with Confederation, blocked this decision – said the deputy speaker of the Senate.

She recalled that Szymon Hołownia and representatives of Poland 2050 appeared at women’s protests. In her opinion, “it seems quite rational for women to expect that there will be understanding for this matter.”

As she said, women always hear that “this is not the time to deal with their affairs.” – We do not expect that all these bills will be passed at one session of the Sejm. Well, we don’t want that. We want to start this discussion and refer all these bills to committee. We have the Coalition Act, we have two Left Wing Acts, we have the Third Way Act. Let’s send them all to the committee and organize a public hearing, Biejat appealed. She added that listening to women’s groups “would be of great help to many MPs and senators who today do not fully understand the seriousness of the situation.” She said that some of them are guided by “prejudices and information that they have from the 1990s.”

Biejat: Marshal Hołownia finds allies in the form of the Confederation to stop the discussion on abortionTVN24

– They don’t know the reality today. They don’t know what modern abortion involves. I think it would be good for all of us to have this debate. I want this debate. We are ready for this debate. This is what women and men want, she said.

She added that she did not want this discussion to take place any longer “in offices, behind closed doors, at the presidiums of the Sejm or at meetings of leaders.” – Let it finally start where it should happen – in parliament, with an open visor, in front of cameras, but also with the participation of civic groups – she emphasized. – I know that all these people want to come and talk about their experience and what they know. Doctors want to come. Let them come, let them speak and let us listen to them and make the decision that is best for women, she appealed.

“We are talking about matters of life and death”

– As a politician, as a woman, my greatest fear is that there will always be some excuse not to discuss this topic. And this is really about our lives and our safety, our health, our feeling that we can trust our doctors, that they will not be afraid, that our loved ones will not be afraid to help us, said Biejat.

She pointed out that “today, fathers of teenagers who helped them find contraceptive pills, partners, friends and activists are facing prosecution.” – We are really talking about matters of life and death, about security, about feeling good in Poland. And that’s what I’m afraid of, she said.

The left attacks Hołownia after the decision on abortion.  The Sejm is to discuss this issue in April

The left attacks Hołownia after the decision on abortion. The Sejm is to discuss this issue in AprilArleta Zalewska/Fakty TVN

Biejat: I’m tired of hearing about how the president will veto everything. Let him veto it

Biejat said she was “fed up with hearing about how the president will veto everything.” – Let him veto, let him show which side he is on. Let him show, that’s also good to know, let him show clearly, she said.

She recalled that the bill on the “morning-after pill” passed from the Senate on Wednesday. – It will go to the president’s desk, and that’s very good. Let the president make a decision, but let’s send him bills and show him which side he is on, she argued.

"Let the president veto it.  Let him show which side he is on"

“Let the president veto. Let him show which side he is on.”TVN24

Main photo source: TVN24



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