A pro-life group in Poland is collecting signatures for a citizen’s bill that would ban all abortion in the nation without exceptions.
The move, led by Fundacja Pro (Pro Foundation), was sparked by outrage over a recent botched abortion at Holy Family Hospital in Warsaw in which the 24-week child, who had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, was left unattended to die.
“The scream of this child was so traumatic for the personnel that they declared that they will never forget it,” Polish reporter Anna Wiejak told the outlet Church Militant.
“We believe that every person, especially one who is completely helpless and dependent on us, should be of particular concern,” said the Polish Bishops Conference in a statement. “This is a concrete way of realizing the commandment to love one another.”
Current law in Poland allows abortion in instances of when the woman was impregnated in the commission of a crime, when the life and health of the mother is at risk, and for fetal handicaps and abnormalities, up to 25 weeks. There are approximately 200 abortions in the country under these exceptions.
The procedure had been banned altogether until 1932, and other exceptions have come and gone, such as in 1997, when “emotional distress” was introduced but struck down by the Polish Constitutional Court.
The matter sparked outrage among Catholic leaders in the country. Over 90 percent of Polish citizens identify as Roman Catholic. Full Report