Cover Osteuropa 6/2009

In Osteuropa 6/2009

Unborn Life
The Position of the Catholic Church in Poland

Paweł Bortkiewicz

Deutsche Fassung


The Polish episcopate has intervened repeatedly in the public debate over the protection of unborn life. Since the start of the 1990s, the church has vehemently campaigned against the liberalisation of abortion. In the debate over the consequences of prenatal diagnostics, the bishops also take the position that unborn life is to be protected under all circumstances. In 2008, plans for a law on in-vitro fertilisation prompted the episcopate to appeal to parliamentarians to stand up for a complete ban of this method.

(Osteuropa 6/2009, pp. 145–160)