What is Poland doing in the European Union is my question after a case of child abuse? A Romanian 11-year old girl has after resistance been allowed an abortion after having been raped, but a Polish 14-year old girl - being in the same situation - has to fulfil her pregnancy, tells Swedish Dagens Nyheter today.
In the Romanian situation, anti-abortion groups within the Orthodox chuch has apposed the abortion, luckily in vain this time. The Polish girl, called Agata, was given the right for an abortion, but was in the end stopped by abortion antagonists, especially from the Catholic church. After Agata was permitted the right for an abortion, a minister at the hospital tried to persuade her to fulfil the pregnancy. Thereafter, the hospital refused to accoplish the operation. Then her mother found a women´s right´s organization willing to perform the abortion, but the doctors refused after a demonstration lead by the minister outside the hospital. Agata has now been separated from her mother in Lublin and put in a children´s home to prevent the family to influence her decision. She is pregnant in week 11 and it´s soon too late for a legal abortion.
What is going on in these new European states that are being influenced by the Catholic church? Treating raped young females this way is totally unacceptable. And nothing in the debate blames the men who have raped the young women. Do doctors in Poland have no civil courage at all? Even if bearded, narrow-minded men are trying to stop the procedure, the medical sector should be of higher moral standards. The European states are reluctant to accept Turkey as a new EU-member for not living up to standards of human rights. What about Poland and Romania then? They all belong to the bottom line of treating people in a human way. Shame, shame, shame on you all!