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Polish Church vows to continue push for stricter abortion controls

Poland’s Catholic Church has reiterated support for stricter pro-life controls, after parliamentarians voted down a law that would have sent aborting mothers to jail.

“Human life has such great value. It shouldn’t be the object of political bargains,” said the chairman of the Polish bishops’ bioethics committee and Archbishop of Warsaw-Praga, Henryk Hoser.

“This draft bill may have needed some corrections, but it was prepared solidly enough. Its rejection leaves us in the same situation as before,” he said.

The Church leader’s comments to Poland’s Catholic Information Agency came after the Warsaw parliament’s rejection of the ‘Stop Abortion’ bill, 352-58, with 18 abstentions, on 6th October. The legislation would have banned all abortions unless a woman’s life was in danger.

Meanwhile, the Polish bishops’ conference said the sanctity of human life had been stressed by St John Paul II, but cautioned that the Church would not support laws that allowed aborting women to be punished.

‘Church institutions don’t deal with civil law projects, although they use their right to express opinions on proposed legal regulations,’ the conference said in a statement on 6th October. ‘We encourage prayers for women who fulfill the motherhood vocation in their lives, as well as for those facing hardships,’ the statement added.

Picture: The Archbishop of Warsaw-Praga, Poland, Henryk Hoser arrives for the morning session of the Synod of Bishops on the familyin 2015 at the Vatican. Poland’ s Catholic Church has reiterated support for stricter abortion controls, after parliamentarians voted down a law that would have sent aborting mothers to jail. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).