Nearly One Million Poles Sign Pro-Life Petition

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by Anita Carey  •  •  November 30, 2017   

Polish Bishops: "Killing children should never take place. Instead of Abortion — Adoption!"

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WARSAW, Poland ( - Poles are overwhelmingly supporting a measure to ban eugenic abortions.

Over 830,000 signatures were delivered to the office of the speaker of the lower house of Parliament on Thursday, showing overwhelming support for a ban on abortions of children suspected of having disabilities.

Collected between September 1 and November 15, members of the Citizens' Legislative Initiative, "Stop Abortion," had the support of the Polish bishops on a number of occasions.

The most recent letter, signed by Abp. Stanislaw Gadecki, president of the Polish Bishops' Conference, Abp. Marek Jedraszewski, vice-president, and Bp. Artur Mizinski, the secretary general, on November 8, urged all Poles to support the "Stop Abortion" campaign by signing the petition.

They also claim science has proven that life begins at conception and that every child has the right to live. "[P]rotecting the lives of unborn children is not only a question of religion or belief but is one of the most fundamental duties of every human being," it states.

"Killing children should never take place. Instead of Abortion — Adoption!" the bishops conclude.

Ministry of Health statistics from 2016 showed that 1,042 out of 1,098 abortions were performed after a diagnosis of disability in utero. With some common prenatal tests providing a false positive over 60 percent of the time, this could save the lives of a large number of healthy babies.

The "Stop Abortion" initiative has one goal, to make eugenic abortion illegal in Poland. They are proposing three changes to their current laws, with the most important removing the paragraph that states:

An abortion may only be carried out by a physician if: prenatal tests or other medical indications indicate a high probability of severe and irreversible impairment of the fetus or an incurable disease threatening his life.

Parliament has a maximum of three months to set the date of the beginning of the legislative process. The first reading of the bill will take place before February 28, 2018.

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