Poland’s silent pro-life majority

By Jonathon Van Maren

Earlier this month I spoke with Polish pro-life leader Jakub Baltroszewicz, who detailed how radical leftists were using the outrage over the Constitutional Court’s decision to ban abortion in the case of fetal defects or abnormalities to launch a progressive political revolution. Abortion groups worldwide are trumpeting the protests as the fury of a repressed people finally venting in the streets, but there is more to the story.

As it turns out, the masses of protestors swarming churches and packing Poland’s major cities do not represent the silent majority. According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), reporting from Warsaw, “the devout Catholic country is far from turning pro-choice.” In fact, over the past several decades, Poles have become more supportive of restrictive abortion laws rather than less.

As Baltroszewicz explained, Poland adopted a strict abortion regime after the fall of Communism in 1993, a church-state compromise that banned abortion in all cases except for rape, incest, when the mother’s life is in danger, or in the case of fetal anomaly — and it was those abortions which the top court ruled unconstitutional.



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