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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.

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  • 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: atila9565 - 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.

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