Poland’s authorities is going through criticism over a brand new provision that requires docs to report every being pregnant within the nation.
Opposition MPs have labelled the medical knowledge listing as a “being pregnant register” and an infringement of girls’s rights.
Poland has positioned a near-total ban on abortion and activists are involved that ladies will face unprecedented surveillance from the ruling conservative social gathering.
Below the order by Well being Minister Adam Niedzielski, docs should now report details about pregnancies, together with any previous or present diseases, medical visits, therapies and blood kind.
The Polish authorities says the general public well being knowledge adopted EU suggestions and can permit medical employees to assist sufferers each in Poland and overseas.
However opposition lawmakers say this register might be a “new device of repression” in opposition to ladies that was aimed to detect doable unlawful abortions. The register can be accessed by the Polish prosecutor’s workplace, topic to a court docket ruling.
Liberal MP Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz instructed reporters that the info listing may “persecute and management Polish ladies”.
The federal government register was additionally denounced by Poland’s opposition chief and former EU Council President Donald Tusk.
“Polish ladies want care, not management,” Tusk stated throughout a press convention in Biestrzyki on Monday.
“A being pregnant registry in a rustic with an nearly full ban on abortion is terrifying,” added Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, a left-wing MP.
The brand new measure may see many Polish ladies search personal remedy or journey overseas, even for prenatal care.
Below a strict 2020 authorized reform, Polish ladies can solely search an abortion if there’s a severe danger to the mom’s well being or if the being pregnant outcomes from rape or incest.
In current months, not less than two ladies have died in Polish hospitals after docs delayed the elimination of their foetus, even when it had been identified with extreme sickness.
Authorities plans to report pregnant ladies who had been seen ingesting or smoking had been withdrawn after widespread demonstrations.