"A sad day for women's rights". CoE Human Rights Commissioner chides Polish court's ruling
"Removing the basis for almost all legal abortions in Poland amounts to a ban and violates human rights" - Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic has said. She referred to Thursday's ruling by Poland's Constitutional Tribunal that deems abortion due to foetal defects unconstitutional.
Poland's Constitutional Tribunal ruled on Thursday that abortion on the grounds of foetal defects contravened the constitution.
According to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic, "removing the basis for almost all legal abortions in Poland amounts to a ban and violates human rights". "Today's ruling of the Constitutional Court means underground/abroad abortions for those who can afford and even greater ordeal for all others. A sad day for women's rights" - she wrote on Twitter.
"(A provision which) legalises eugenic practices in the field of the right to life of an unborn child and makes the right to life of an unborn child dependent on his or her health, which constitutes direct discrimination... is inconsistent... with the constitution," said Julia Przyłębska, Head of the Constitutional Tribunal.
After the ruling goes into effect, abortion will be admissible only in the case of rape, incest or a threat to the mother's health.
A request to examine the constitutionality of the premise was filed in 2019 by 119 MPs from PiS, PSL-Kukiz'15 and Confederation.
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