10,000 Polish women get abortions in Britain
I noticed this headline in the Telegraph and read the story of how thousands of Polish women have to sneak around getting an NHS number for the sole reason (in many cases) of being able to exercise their right to have control over their own body and reproductive capacity. With it being illegal here in Poland, they are forced to travel to other countries thereby adding bureaucratic hassle and a strange environment/language to what must already be a very nasty and stressful situation. In most cases, I’m guessing, a situation they are forced to dealing with without any real support.
If the number in the UK was 10,000, what is the number for Polish abortions in other countries – Germany, Holland, etc? What might the total number of Polish abortions actually be each year when you add them all up and include what must be a sizeable number of illegal abortions performed within Poland?
Are the government and church right to force these women out of the country, or to break the law within Poland? Is the government right to hold fast to the Catholic doctrine on this issue, or is it time to signal a separation between the two as must surely happen some day?
Is it not a totally hypocritical stance to “pretend” that abortion does not happen in Poland when the statistics show how many Polish women are getting abortions elsewhere? These Polish women ARE Poland, are they not? Should the country not be looking after it’s distressed citizens itself, rather than turning a blind eye?
If abortion is made legal – is that just the start of a slippery slope leading to what might be seen as a total disregard for the creation of new life as, it could be argued, is now the situation in the UK?
I was going to ask – “Do women in fact have ‘the right’ to exercise such control over their own bodies when it comes to the question of terminating pregnancies?” but decided not to thinking the answer might simply depend on one’s religious tendencies. But then I wondered if perhaps there might be other points of view?
We have a number of Poles, especially women who comment here. I wondered what the general opinion is on this issue.