UN Tells Poland NOT to Ban Down Syndrome Abortions


The United Nations has put pressure on Poland to keep abortions legal in cases involving unborn babies with disabilities. This month, Polish lawmakers are considering a bill to prohibit abortions on unborn babies with disabilities.


The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice urged Polish lawmakers to reject the bill – in essence, to continue allowing discrimination against unborn babies with disabilities.


The committee claimed the bill “risk[s] damaging women’s equality, dignity, autonomy, and bodily integrity, restricting their access to information and their rights to a private life and to health, and exposing them to forms of cruel and inhuman treatment.”


It claimed the ability to kill an unborn baby is “at the very core of [women’s] fundamental right to equality and privacy concerning intimate matters of physical and psychological integrity.” As the UN has in the past, it also claimed abortion is a “human right” for women.


In January, Poland’s parliament rejected a pro-abortion bill that would have legalized abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. After the vote, abortion activists vandalized the Law and Justice party (PiS) headquarters.


According to Kaja Godek, one of the initiators of the Zatrzymaj aborcje (Stop Abortion) proposal, deformation of the foetus was the reason behind 96 per cent of the legal abortions carried out in Poland in 2016.

Life News. March 22.

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