comes to curbing abortions, Poland stands as a world leader.
politicians and judges have long been reluctant to outlaw abortion
because it might result in illegal, back- alley abortions. But one
country has proven that fear is groundless.
years, Poland was dominated by Russia and abortion was not only legal,
it was paid for by the government. Then in 1993, after the Iron Curtain
fell, the Polish parliament severely restricted abortion.
"Abortions declined precipitously so that this past year, they only
had 250 abortions. So the abortion rate went from 160,000 to 250,"
said Dr. Jack Willke, of the Life Issues Institute.
has spent time in Poland, said pro-abortion groups argue that without
legal abortion, women would have illegal, partial abortions and then go
to hospitals to finish the so-called "miscarriage."
now, what do we see? There are fewer gynaecologic admissions to Polish
hospitals today than there were when abortion was legal," Willke
said. "There are fewer women dying of gynaecologic problems."
a Polish member of the board of directors of the International Right to
Life Committee, said abortion restrictions have helped educate women.
year we had abortion on demand again, and only 1,200 women wanted
abortions on demand that year," Koleski said. "That means that
the previous years had educated people not to use this way of reducing
the number of your children."
conclusion: The law tends to influence opinions. Poland's experience also shows that fewer women died as a
result of pregnancy and childbirth, neonatal births declined and induced
abortions performed to save the life and health of the mother also
became more rare after abortion laws were passed.