Abortion will only be allowed in two cases in Poland under a new bill up for vote in Parliament: when a pregnancy threatens the mother’s life, and when there is a justified belief it is the result of rape. The Justice Committee of the Sejm, the Polish lower chamber, approved harsh abortion measures Monday night, banning abortion in cases including fetus malformations.
The text was promoted by the pro-life group Zycie i Rodzina Kai Godek, then approved in its first reading in the Sejm in January. It remained on stand-by until last week, when the Polish episcopate intervened to speed up the legislative process. “Bishops ask Parliament to pick up works on the Stop Aborcji parliamentary bill immediately,” reads a press release the Polish church published last Wednesday. The initiative caught even the populist right Law and Justice (PiS) government off guard. The government then agreed to speed up the approval process for the new bill.
This is the first time the Polish clergy has intervened on abortion directly with an official note — and the move proved successful.