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    Polish rape victim 'should have had abortion access'

    A Polish teenager who became pregnant after rape should have had unhindered access to an abortion, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The girl, who was then 14, was forced to have a clandestine abortion after harassment from pro-life groups led to her being turned away from hospitals.

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    The girl, named only as "P" went to two different hospitals with her mother in her hometown of Lublin in south-east Poland to try and obtain an abortion.


    At one, a Roman Catholic priest attempted to convince her to have the child. Hospital management then issued a press release saying they would not perform the procedure, leading to her case becoming caught up in Poland's ongoing debate about abortion.
    The girl then travelled to a hospital in Warsaw, but doctors there said they were under pressure not to go ahead with the procedure.
    The court documents say the pair left the hospital "feeling manipulated and helpless", after which they were harassed by pro-life groups and eventually taken in for several hours of police questioning.

    The authorities then accused the mother of trying to force her daughter into having an abortion and had "P" placed in a juvenile shelter. Link.
    One of the times I agree with a decision by the European Court of Human Rights, whatever happened to this poor girl's privacy that a priest turn up at the first hospital to convince her not to abort and then to end up in custody.

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    Re: Polish rape victim 'should have had abortion access'

    Poland is a Catholic country, this is to be expected there.

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    Re: Polish rape victim 'should have had abortion access'

    Wow - I can't even imagine how horrid the entire experience was for a 14 year old child to go through . . . they should be ashamed of their selves - everyone who harassed her and made her suffer even more after she already suffered through a horrifying ordeal.
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    Re: Polish rape victim 'should have had abortion access'

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Poland is a Catholic country, this is to be expected there.
    Yes but they are part of the EU and subject to the EUCHR (European Union Court of Human Rights), there are going to be more cases like this for those countries that wish to stay within the EU.

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    Re: Polish rape victim 'should have had abortion access'

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    Yes but they are part of the EU and subject to the EUCHR (European Union Court of Human Rights), there are going to be more cases like this for those countries that wish to stay within the EU.

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    Re: Polish rape victim 'should have had abortion access'

    This was an eye-opener to me. I'm shocked that the girl was not only prevented from having an abortion which was completely legal under Polish law, but that the hospitals blatantly violated the girl's medical and personal privacy by basically putting out a press release naming her, and telling the world she was seeking an abortion. That she was then detained by the police and removed from her home in an attempt to force her, a raped 14-year-old child, to carry the pregnancy to term is an absolute outrage.

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    Re: Polish rape victim 'should have had abortion access'

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    That she was then detained by the police and removed from her home in an attempt to force her, a raped 14-year-old child, to carry the pregnancy to term is an absolute outrage.
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    Re: Polish rape victim 'should have had abortion access'

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    This was an eye-opener to me. I'm shocked that the girl was not only prevented from having an abortion which was completely legal under Polish law, but that the hospitals blatantly violated the girl's medical and personal privacy by basically putting out a press release naming her, and telling the world she was seeking an abortion. That she was then detained by the police and removed from her home in an attempt to force her, a raped 14-year-old child, to carry the pregnancy to term is an absolute outrage.
    The first hospital was a Catholic hospital. Why should they be forced to give abortions? The second one however, if not religious should have performed the procedure.
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    Re: Polish rape victim 'should have had abortion access'

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    The first hospital was a Catholic hospital. Why should they be forced to give abortions? The second one however, if not religious should have performed the procedure.
    My outrage is not that they refused to perform the procedure on religious grounds, it is that they issued a press release identifying a 14-yr-old rape victime by name, violated her medical and personal privacy by informing the "world" that she was trying to get an abortion, after which the police detained her and removed her from her home in an attempt to force a 14-yr-old rape victim to carry her rapist's child to term against her will.

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