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Tuesday, 9 February 2021 - Brussels Provisional edition

The de facto abortion ban in Poland (debate)

  Frances Fitzgerald (PPE). – Madam President, the situation in Poland is very bleak and utterly inhumane. We have a government that seeks to discard the rule of law and human rights, a government that thinks they have a monopoly on what the truth is, a government that persecutes their own people, advocating for ‘LGBTI-free’ zones and a government that believes they can control women.

I’m pretty sure if it wasn’t for free movement and the European Union, Poles would be applying for asylum in many EU countries, persecuted at home. A safety net provided by the EU for what is a European shame. Ironic.

The absolutist approach of banning abortion entirely shows no compassion for women nor for their bodily integrity or faith in them to make their own decisions. Mr Kaczynski, are you so afraid of Polish women that you seek to keep them under your control?

Pregnancy can be a joyous and happy occasion, but it can also be complex. And as humans, as dignified citizens, we must understand that complexity, and have flexibility for the circumstances that are not clear cut, like fatal foetal abnormality – where a much-longed-for child cannot survive.

Are you so afraid of women that you want to put them through the trauma of giving birth to a child that cannot survive? What made you and the Polish state the sole arbiter of moral decisions?

I believe the people of Poland will win the day.

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