Hospital chief sacked over abortion refusal

Hospital chief sacked over abortion refusal

Catholic Church in Poland expresses outrage.

THE head of a Polish public hospital has been dismissed for refusing on religious grounds to carry out an abortion on a woman whose unborn baby suffered from serious deformities.

According to this report, an investigation found that Professor Bogdan Chazan (above), director of Warsaw’s Holy Family Hospital, refused to perform or facilitate an abortion of the badly deformed foetus – citing a “conscience clause” – but then declined to refer the woman to another hospital or physician.

The woman was eventually referred to another public hospital, but by that point she was five days past the legal 24-week abortion limit.

She carried the child to term, giving birth on June 30 only for the baby to die nine days later.

A report of the incident will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office, to determine whether a crime had occurred under Polish law.

Poland’s strict abortion laws only grant women the right to an abortion before 25 weeks of pregnancy and if the mother’s life is in grave danger, if the foetus is known to have severe birth defects, or if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.

The incident has reignited the long-running debate in Poland between conservatives and liberals over abortion, which along with homosexuality, contraception, and in vitro fertilization, is defined by the church as sinful.

Professor Chazan is reported to be one of 3,000 doctors and medical students who this year signed a “Declaration of Faith” affirming the Catholic church’s teaching that all human life is sacred from the moment of conception.

The Roman Catholic Church given its full support Chazan.

Warsaw’s Roman Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, said that the sacking of Chazan amounted to a:

Dangerous precedent that hurt the rights not only of the Catholics, but of all people.

Meanwhile, a new survey by the Roman Catholic Church in Poland has revealed that Poles are turning away from the Church. Just 39 percent of Poles attended Sunday mass in 2013, representing a fall of around 2 million compared to ten years ago.

6 responses to “Hospital chief sacked over abortion refusal”

  1. Paul Cook says:

    “She carried the child to term, giving birth on June 30 only for the baby to die nine days later.”

    You can hear them can’t you?
    “so what’s the problem with the suffering of the mother and then the baby: its all part goawds plan; he loved/s them both so much. So much he has taken one of them. At least jesus has another sunbeam.”

    goawd is love.
    goawd loves everything.
    goawd has a plan for us all.

    what a shame that love and that plan isn’t shared by the religiously minded part of our human race.

  2. TrickyDicky says:

    I read a comment to this item (I can’t remember in which paper) which said how wonderful it was that the woman had a chance to bond with the child and say goodbye!!!!!!

  3. Broga says:

    Once their head is filled with religious superstition they know best. In pursuit of what they know, what anyone else knows or wants, or requests, or suffers doesn’t matter. Religion is just so incredibly toxic to civilised behaviour, kindness and understanding.

  4. Ex Patriot says:

    I am glad he was sacked, now maybe his doG will provide for him, religion sucks

  5. charlie says:

    Organized religion is THE absolute worst human invention EVER!
    A pox on ALL religions. It is 2014, time to toss the idiotic old superstitions into the trash can of history where they belong.
    This fucking asshat “thinks” his doG demands suffering as it brings the one who suffers “closer” to this doG, just like that vile creature “mother Teressa”. He is as despicable as she ever was. Birds of a feather no doubt, both are/were “devout” RCC gang members.
    My late wife and I had one child who was premature in 1983. The hospital staff did all they could at the time, yet our daughter only survived six weeks. We did NOT get to “bond” with her as she spent her entire life in an incubator hooked to various tubes, etc. This poor woman did NOT “bond” with the child. This sick bastard should be unemployable for the rest of his miserable life.
    Yes, stories like this DO hit me very close to home. This asshat lets his superstition trump humanity and decency. Yet the RCC claims we cannot be moral without their doG and religion. What a load of bullshit! Wonder why my atheism gets more “militant” by the day? THIS story is partly an explanation of why.

  6. Matt Westwood says:

    Encouraging news, this. Poland is making its steady way towards the 21st century European idea of enlightened rationalism. Catholics will kick and scream as their philosophical toys are taken away from them.

    “Newborn eyes always cry with pain at the first sight of the morning sun.”