On Friday, a year has passed since the judgment of the Constitutional Court on abortion. In front of the building of the Constitutional Tribunal, members of the Left, together with parliamentarians from other European countries, showed “red cards” to the Polish government. – It is a disgrace that Polish women do not have a free choice. It is a disgrace to the Polish state that Polish women have been deprived of their rights – said Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus.
On October 22, 2020, the Constitutional Tribunal declared the provision allowing abortion unconstitutional in the event of a high probability of severe and irreversible impairment of the fetus or an incurable disease that threatens its life. With this judgment, the Tribunal – after considering the motion of a group of 119 deputies – negated the abortion compromise worked out in the 1990s. The decision was made by a majority of votes. Two judges – Piotr Pszczółkowski and Leon Kieres – submitted a dissenting opinion to the decision.
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After the judgment on tightening the abortion law, thousands of citizens came to the streets of Polish cities. Women supported by men voiced their opposition to changes in the law.
“Red cards” for the government
On the anniversary of this ruling, members of the Left were presented at a press conference in front of the Constitutional Tribunal building. They were accompanied by parliamentarians from Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Lithuania and Austria, who are guests of the international conference on women’s rights. In front of the headquarters of the Constitutional Tribunal, they showed together “red cards” to the Polish government.
– What I said a year ago is valid. It is a disgrace to the Polish state that Polish women do not have a free choice. It is a disgrace to the Polish state that Poland has been deprived of Polish rights. It is a disgrace to the Polish government that we must basically talk every day about the fact that the government of Law and Justice leads to the fact that Polish women do not have the same rights as Belgian, French, Irish or other European women – said Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus.
She reported that about fifty parliamentarians from all over Europe came to Poland “with support for Polish women”. “They said clearly yesterday: you will never go alone,” she added.
Deputy Katarzyna Kotula informed that the “Warsaw Manifesto” was signed yesterday. – Today, Polish and European women speak with one voice and say clearly that women’s rights, reproductive rights, and the right to abortion are the litmus test of democracy and the rule of law – she said.
– The fight for abortion is not radicalism, it is a fight for human rights – she added.
Nowicka: It is not normal for Polish women to be looked after by parliamentarians from other countries
Wanda Nowicka emphasized that “a year after the shameful decision of the Constitutional Tribunal, she would like to start with thanking you”. – First of all, I would like to thank the European Parliament for yesterday’s resolution on the rule of law. Among other things, the fact that this resolution recognized that the so-called judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal was contrary to standards and inhuman – she said.
– Secondly, I would like to thank the Belgian government, which finances abortions for Polish women. We also thank the Danish parliament, which is also working on a way for Polish women to receive funding for termination of pregnancy – she added.
She stressed that “it is not normal for Polish women to be cared for by parliamentarians from other countries, and the Polish government does everything to, on the one hand, force women to make dramatic decisions, and at the same time repress women in the streets”.
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