WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister, Donald Tusk, on Tuesday weighed into an abortion debate that is roiling emotions in the largely Catholic country, saying doctors have to put their obligation to the patient and the law above their religious beliefs.
comment came after a well-known obstetrician in Warsaw, Bogdan Chazan,
caused uproar by refusing to allow a woman to abort a fetus with serious
head and brain defects. A declared Catholic, Chazan argued that an
abortion would be against his personal beliefs and the woman now has to
give birth to the child.
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.
of what his conscience is telling him, (a doctor) must carry out the
law," Tusk said. "Every patient must be sure that ... the doctor will
perform all procedures in accordance with the law and in accordance with