Poland’s authorities criticised over ‘being pregnant register’ amid strict abortion legal guidelines
Poland’s authorities is dealing with criticism over a brand new provision that requires medical doctors to report every being pregnant within the nation.
Opposition MPs have labelled the medical knowledge checklist as a “being pregnant register” and an infringement of girls’s rights.
Poland has positioned a near-total ban on abortion and activists are involved that ladies will face unprecedented surveillance from the ruling conservative get together.
Beneath the order by Well being Minister Adam Niedzielski, medical doctors should now report details about pregnancies, together with any previous or present sicknesses, medical visits, remedies and blood kind.
The Polish authorities says the general public well being knowledge adopted EU suggestions and can enable medical staff to assist sufferers each in Poland and overseas.
However opposition lawmakers say this register might be a “new instrument of repression” in opposition to ladies that was aimed to detect potential unlawful abortions. The register can be accessed by the Polish prosecutor’s workplace, topic to a courtroom ruling.
Liberal MP Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz informed reporters that the information checklist may “persecute and management Polish ladies”.
The federal government register was additionally denounced by Poland’s opposition chief and former EU Council President Donald Tusk.
“Polish ladies want care, not management,” Tusk mentioned throughout a press convention in Biestrzyki on Monday.
“A being pregnant registry in a rustic with an virtually full ban on abortion is terrifying,” added Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, a left-wing MP.
The brand new measure may see many Polish ladies search personal remedy or journey overseas, even for prenatal care.
Beneath a strict 2020 authorized reform, Polish ladies can solely search an abortion if there’s a critical danger to the mom’s well being or if the being pregnant outcomes from rape or incest.
In latest months, at the least two ladies have died in Polish hospitals after medical doctors delayed the elimination of their foetus, even when it had been recognized with extreme sickness.
Authorities plans to report pregnant ladies who have been seen consuming or smoking have been withdrawn after widespread demonstrations.