Polish abortion activists vandalized a pro-life political party’s headquarters Wednesday as they protested a bill to protect unborn babies with disabilities from abortion.
Vandalism, harassment, threats and other forms of violence have become almost routine against pro-lifers in the past few years. Across the world, individual pro-lifers and pro-life groups are facing increasing hostility from abortion activists who resort to violence as an answer to their problems.
Radio Poland reports Warsaw police arrested one male abortion activist and they are looking for several others who allegedly threw 11 balloons filled with pink paint at the Law and Justice party (PiS) building in Warsaw. PiS, the current ruling party in Poland, supports pro-life legislation.
The vandalism happened during a national protest calling for legalized abortion on demand.
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According to Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński, one of those people has been charged while the police are trying to identify the others.
Brudziński said the attack was “full of hate” and that police would react strongly to such “hooliganism”.
Poland protects unborn babies’ lives in most cases. Abortion is legal in cases of rape and incest, the life or health of the mother or severe fetal deformities – though “severe” is widely defined and unborn babies with disabilities like Down syndrome can be aborted.
Last week, parliament moved forward with a citizen-led bill that would prohibit eugenic abortions on unborn babies with disabilities. Also last week, much to the irritation of abortion activists, members of parliament rejected a bill to legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.
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The new pro-life bill has wide-spread public support. Pro-life organizers said they gathered more than 800,000 signatures of support, eight times the number necessary to propose a bill to parliament.
A strong Catholic country, Poland has been debating a complete abortion ban for years. In 2016, massive abortion protests prompted lawmakers to back away from legislation to support unborn babies’ right to life in all cases.
The Polish Ministry of Health reported 1,040 abortions in 2015. However, abortion activists say more take place illegally in Poland, and some women travel to other countries to abort their unborn babies.