Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Polish premier says doctors must perform abortions, even against conscience

Catholic World News - June 11, 2014

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has insisted that physicians should be required to perform abortions regardless of their beliefs.

"Regardless of what his conscience is telling him, (a doctor) must carry out the law," the prime minister said. He said that patients should be confident that a doctor would perform any legal operation.

Tusk was responding to a case in which a Warsaw obstetrician refused to perform an abortion, citing his Catholic faith. The woman, claiming that she was forced to bear a deformed child, filed a complaint against the doctor.

The obstetrician at the center of the controversy, Dr. Bogdan Chazan, is one of about 3,000 Polish doctors who have signed a "Declaration of Faith," saying that they will refuse to perform immoral procedures such as abortion, euthanasia, and sterilization. The signatories have declared that moral law takes precedence over state laws.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($26,663 to go):
$35,000.00 $8,336.70
76% 24%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 5 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jun. 11, 2014 9:23 PM ET USA

    Coming soon to a city, county, state, and country near you. The state is God to a socialist.

  • Posted by: lak321 - Jun. 11, 2014 9:20 PM ET USA

    This is truly frightening. May God strengthen them (and us)

  • Posted by: abc - Jun. 11, 2014 7:53 PM ET USA

    Martyrs everywhere... Even in Catholic Poland...

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 11, 2014 5:42 PM ET USA

    "Regardless of what his conscience is telling him, (a doctor) must carry out the law." I thought the Nazis withdrew from Poland. Did I miss something?

  • Posted by: normnuke - Jun. 11, 2014 4:21 PM ET USA

    Soon to be coming to these once-free shores.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Mysteries, again and again! 6 hours ago
Tips for getting comfortable with evangelization 9 hours ago
The Shroud of Turin on Display (and an odd canonical case against it) April 16
The Vatican says the LCWR is acting Catholic. And that's news. April 16
The Truth about the Armenian Genocide April 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16