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Are women who want to be mothers safe in Poland? Professor Marzena Dębska, a gynecologist, answers

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I try to provide my patients with maximum safety. But are the patients safe? They certainly do not feel safe – said gynecologist Professor Marzena Dębska in “Fakty po Faktach”. She added that “the problem is in bad legislation and we should do everything to change it.”

Professor Marzena Dębska, a specialist in gynecology, obstetrics and perinatology from the Dębski Clinic, was asked on Thursday in “Fakty po Faktach” whether “women who want to be mothers are safe in Poland if pregnancy complications occur and whether they can count on a full and candid information that no one will risk their lives without their knowledge to wait for the natural death of a sick or damaged fetus.”

– I always encourage my patients not to be afraid if they want to get pregnant, to get pregnant, because biology will not wait for the law to change – said Dębska.

She added that she was “trying to ensure maximum safety for her patients.” – But are the patients safe? They definitely don’t feel safe. Each case, even if there are few of them, is of course publicized and this intensifies the fear – assessed the gynecologist. – Of course, it should be publicized, because such situations should not happen – she noted.

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– I would like to say that the patients are safe, but I think that as long as this law is in force, unfortunately they are not – said the gynecologist.

– I would like the aggression and anger, which I understand perfectly well, not to be directed against doctors, this is not the problem here. The problem is bad legislation and we should do everything to change it, she added.

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Judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal on abortion law

The Act on family planning, protection of the human fetus and conditions for the admissibility of abortion, in force since 1993, allowed abortion in three cases. One of them was a high probability of severe and irreversible fetal impairment or an incurable life-threatening disease.

October 22, 2020 Constitutional Court led by Julia Przyłębska ruled that this provision of the anti-abortion act is inconsistent with the constitution.

The ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal made abortion legal only in cases where the woman’s life or health is at risk and when there is a reasonable suspicion that the pregnancy resulted from a prohibited act, such as rape or incest.

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