President Duda files amended abortion bill with Lower House

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Friday filed an amended bill on family planning, protection of the human foetus and conditions allowing for the termination of pregnancy.

“In the wake of consultations, I have decided to submit an amended bill on family planning, protection of the human foetus and conditions allowing for the termination of pregnancy to the Lower House,” President Duda said in the statement.

He added that the draft bill “while recognising the Constitutional Court’s (TK) guidelines, envisages the introduction of a new provision that reinstates the possibility of the termination of pregnancy in line with Poland’s Constitution and only when the so-called lethal defects appear, when prenatal and other medical indications show a high-risk of stillbirth or the child being afflicted with an incurable disease or defect leading to the unavoidable and imminent death of the child despite the treatments applied.”

The President stressed that, following the moment when the bill enters into force, the Polish law would still provide for three other legal conditions which make the termination of the pregnancy legal, namely: 1. when the mother’s life and health were under threat due to the pregnancy; 2. when the conception was a result of rape or incest; 3. when the foetus was severely and irreversibly damaged could result in the death of the child.

President Duda added that the wording of the amendment bill reflects the gist of the so-called abortion compromise of 1993 and stands in line with the TK’s ruling.

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