By Paweł Rytel-Andrianik

“Talking about the so-called legal compromise on the protection of life is a falsification of reality since by doing so, the most important ‘third party’ in the dispute, namely unborn children and their inalienable right to life are left out,” wrote the President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, in his statement in the context of the European Parliament resolution on abortion in Poland.

The Episcopal President pointed out that the Charter of Fundamental Rights recalls that “everyone has the right to life”. (Article 2, paragraph 1). “The European Union thus recognizes that inalienable human dignity and respect for the right to life are fundamental criteria for democracy and the rule of law”, he stated.

He also stressed that the title of the resolution itself is misleading, as there is no such thing as a “right to abortion” not only in the light of ethics but also of international law. “No democratic legal order may give the right to kill an innocent human being”, the statement says.

The head of the Polish Episcopal Conference pointed out that “the right to life is a fundamental human right, and it always takes precedence over the right to choose, as no man can authoritatively allow the possibility of killing another person”. Therefore, “talking about the so-called legal compromise on the protection of life is a falsification of reality since by doing so, the most important ‘third party’ in the dispute, namely the unborn children and their inalienable right to life are left out”.

Archbishop Gądecki also thanked the defenders of life, who “are making efforts to promote and protect the life of the unborn”. “These groups are the voice of thousands of children in the wombs of their mothers whose lives are in danger. They are the voice of natural reason, which consistently and against ideological conformism and opportunism, defends human life at every phase of its development”, the statement reads.

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