Poland's new Law creates a "Pregnancy Register"
The law is being seen by opposers as a near-total ban to abortions in Poland...
Criticism is being felt heavily in Poland after the government has passed a new law that requires doctors to record each pregnancy within the country borders. Those opposed to the medical data claim it to be a "pregnancy register" and a terrible infringement on women’s rights.
This is being seen as a near-total ban on abortions in Poland and those against the law are concerned that women will face ridiculous, creepy, and unprecedented surveillance from the ruling.
Adam Niedzielski, Poland’s Health Minister, says that doctors must now record information about pregnancies such as, but not limited too:
Past or current illness
Any and all medical visits
Trying to dodge any questions or outrage, government officials of Poland have said the data follows the EU’s recommendations and allows medical workers to help patients in Poland and the rest of the EuroZone.
Lawmakers on the flip side of the coin claim the law could be a "new tool of repression" against women aiming to target possible illegal abortions. Another aspect of it in which those opposing the bill bring up is the medical data can be accessed by the Polish prosecutor's office, subject to a court ruling.
Many opposition officials had a word to say about the law:
Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz, a well known Liberal PM, told news sources that the medical data can "persecute and control Polish women.”
Donald Tusk, Poland opposition leader and former EU Council, said, "Polish women need care, not control.”
Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, another Liberal MP, added to others comments with, “A pregnancy registry in a country with an almost complete ban on abortion is terrifying.”