Polish Hospital Stops Performing Abortions After Every OB/GYN Refuses

BabyRZESZOW, Poland — A hospital in Poland has stopped performing abortions after every single OB/GYN at the facility signed a conscience clause opting out of having any part in ending the lives of unborn children.

The doctors work at Specialist Hospital Pro-Familia in Rzeszow. Abortion is illegal in Poland except in the cases of rape, genetic abnormality and the life of the mother, but the the hospital had been the center of attention in 2014 when a midwife came forward as a witness to abortions allegedly occurring at the facility.

Hospital Pro-Familia had threatened to sue Agata Rejman over her statements that the facility “kills children,” but Rejman left her job instead. Pro-life groups such as The Right to Life Foundation picketed the hospital and were met with both criminal civil litigation, as officials asserted that they had tarnished Hospital Pro-Familia’s reputation by equating abortion with murder.

Hospital director Radosław Skiba has confirmed that the facility is no longer performing abortions.

“[I]f the hospital most aggressive against pro-life activists can stop killing the unborn, then any and every hospital can and should do it. Only courage and perseverance are needed,” Mariusz Dzierżawski of The Right to Life Foundation told reporters.

As previously reported,  the pro-life group Fundacja Pro (Pro Foundation) has been collecting signatures in an effort to do away with the abortion exceptions in the country. The move was was sparked by outrage over a recent botched abortion at Holy Family Hospital in Warsaw in which the 24-week child, who had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, was left unattended to die.

“The scream of this child was so traumatic for the personnel that they declared that they will never forget it,” Polish reporter Anna Wiejak told the outlet Church Militant.

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The matter sparked outrage among Catholic leaders in the country. Over 90 percent of Polish citizens identify as Roman Catholic.

“[The citizens bill] removes the three existing circumstances under which an abortion is currently permitted,” explains the legal group Ordo Iuris, which wrote the proposed language of the measure. “The initiative requires the state to support families raising handicapped children or children conceived in in circumstances related to the commission of an offense.”

Abortion had been banned altogether in Poland until 1932, and other exceptions have come and gone, such as in 1997, when “emotional distress” was introduced but struck down by the Polish Constitutional Court.

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  • sammy13

    Should be illegal everywhere.

  • Nidalap

    So THAT’S what people taking a principled stand look like! Don’t get to see it very often, these days…

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      So true. If you want to see it in Amerika, find your local abortuary protest group. You will meet the most amazing people there (I have), and you will witness the stark contrast between Christianity and Western Churchianity.

      “Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness and pride of power and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear rather than too much. Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more, than they are doing now. Christians should take a stronger stand in favor of the weak rather than considering first the possible right of the strong.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Thank God! Life’s small victory! Abolish the abortion murder among mankind.

  • Mellow Fellow

    My twin in the womb had a fatal abnormality, these people would prefer to watch my mother and myself die rather than perform a legal medical procedure. How sad for Poland.

  • Bruce Regael

    Used to be indifferent on the issue, but after seeing the perversion of just about all of those issues one finds “indifferent” too it becomes obvious that the way we’ve been doing things in the West for 60 years is wrong. Abortion shouldn’t be used as a way to escape moral consequences for bad decisions.

    • Mellow Fellow

      Bad decisions? The only abortions allowed in Poland are due to rape, genetic abnormalities and risking life of the mother. Which of these “bad decisions” are worthy of punishing the mother with death?