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The European Parliament urges Poland to withdraw ban on eugenic abortion

The January session of the European Parliament traditionally features debates and reports summarizing the activities of the EU and its representatives in the past year.


Hence, on January 17, 2023, MEPs held a discussion on the issue of “human rights and democracy in the world” in the context of the 2022 annual report presented by Isabel Wiseler-Lima. The Luxembourg MEP belongs to the European People’s Party (EPP) and is a member of the Subcommittee on Human Rights.

The 2022 report contains both accurate diagnoses of real problems (e.g., the rights of the aged – paragraph 70 of the report) and strongly ideological demands for the realization of “reproductive and sexual health and rights,” a term that not only lacks any legal anchoring, but does not even have a uniform definition indicating its scope.

The document strongly condemns the legal changes introduced in recent years in Poland, the US and Hungary that strengthen the protection of life from conception and calls for their withdrawal. At the same time, however, the EP speaks negatively about selective abortion (deprivation of life because of gender, disability or other characteristics). Significantly, while calling for the introduction of legislation banning selective abortion, the EP does not see a contradiction with the demand formulated several points earlier – including Poland’s withdrawal from the ban on eugenic abortion.


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