By Stefano Gennarini, J.D. | June 23, 2016
NEW YORK, June 24 (C-Fam) The Polish government snapped back at European bureaucrats in a scathing response to a report published last week by the Council of Europe that criticized Poland’s restrictive abortion law and its treatment of women.
Donning the ceremonial tone and submissive deference that many countries adopt in their interface with international bureaucrats, Poland accused the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Latvian-American Nils Muižnieks, of “overstepping his mandate,” of bias and selectivity, and interfering in internal affairs in an official response to a report of the Commissioner published last week.
In a section on “sexual and reproductive health” the Commissioner’s report instructs Poland to decriminalize abortion, remove conscience protections for doctors and medical personnel, and enact mandatory comprehensive sexuality education.
Instead of bowing obsequiously as is commonly assumed nations will do in such situations, Poland replied that the Commissioner had his facts wrong, and that he both misunderstood Polish law and the obligation of Poland under the European Convention on Human Rights.
“Polish law in this regard has its sources in the Constitution and is conditioned by a widely shared care of Polish society for the respect for life,” was Poland’s specific response on the issue of abortion.