We have confirmation that the selection and killing of children suspected of genetic defects or a disease is inconsistent with the Polish constitution – said the initiator of the “Stop Abortion” project Kaja Godek on Thursday after the Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the right to abortion was unconstitutional in the event of a severe fetal defect.
On Thursday, the Constitutional Court ruled that the provision allowing abortion in the case of a high probability of severe and irreversible impairment of the fetus or an incurable life-threatening disease is inconsistent with the constitution. The verdict was delivered in full bench. Dissenting opinions were submitted by judges Piotr Pszczółkowski and Leon Kieres.
Godek: Today Poland is an example for Europe
– We have confirmation that the selection and killing of children suspected of genetic defects or disease is against the Polish constitution – said on Thursday the initiator of the “Stop Abortion” project Kaja Godek, who met with a group of activists in front of the CT headquarters.
In her opinion, the judgment of the Tribunal “recognized the right to life, because this right is and results from natural law, but this right was recognized in relation to children who were previously considered inferior”.
– Today Poland is an example for Europe, it is an example for the world. We are not stuck in a historical necessity that would require a march to the left and a gradual increase in the availability of murdering people. We are not stuck in such determinism. It is possible to protect life, it is possible to perform regular pro-life activities that bring results, she said.
– The Constitutional Tribunal, at the request of a group of deputies, confirmed these guarantees of the protection of life, but it happened thanks to civic activity – she said.
The project returned to the CT after three years
The request of a group of deputies on this issue was submitted to the Constitutional Court for the first time three years ago. However, due to the end of the parliamentary term, it was discontinued. Once again, the application was submitted to the Constitutional Tribunal in 2019 – it was submitted by a group of 119 MPs from PiS, PSL-Kukiz’15 and the Confederation.
The application challenged the provision that an abortion is permissible when prenatal tests or other medical grounds indicate a high probability of severe and irreversible impairment of the fetus or an incurable life-threatening disease, and a provision clarifying this regulation. It says that in such cases, termination of pregnancy is allowed until the fetus is able to live independently outside the pregnant woman’s body.
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