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Polish Party Leader: Women Must Birth Lethally Deformed Fetuses So They Can Be Baptized

Polish women aren’t out of the woods yet. Barely a week after the conservative government abandoned a proposal that would outlaw abortion in all circumstances, the Law and Justice Party has thrown its support behind a similar measure. Polish law currently allows for abortion in the case of rape, incest, lethal fetal deformity, or threat to the mother’s life. But Law and Justice Party Chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski recently declared that his conservative ruling party will propose a law establishing that even in “cases of very difficult pregnancies, when the child is certain to die, very deformed,” the mother will still be forced to give birth—“so that the child can be baptized, buried, have a name.
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