Tusk on abortion debate: doctor must carry out law
June 11, 2014
Polish PM Donald Tusk
Doctors have to put their obligation to the patient and the law above their religious beliefs, Poland’s PM Donald Tusk said on Monday referring to the case of prof. Bogdan Chazan who refused to allow a woman to abort a fetus with serious head and brain defects.
In Poland, abortion is legal until the 25th week of pregnancy when the mother's life is at risk or if the fetus is badly damaged or the result of rape or incest.
Chazan is one of some 3,000 Polish doctors who have signed a "Declaration of Faith" saying they are believers and consider abortion, birth control, in vitro fertilization and euthanasia as being against their faith.
"Regardless of what his conscience is telling him, a doctor must carry out the law," Tusk said.