Finally, some common sense at a Catholic hospital, but it’s not from within the walls. Abortions are typically banned in Poland, but there are exceptions in certain instances like if the woman’s life is in jeopardy or if the fetus is seriously deformed or unhealthy. In the latter case, an abortion can be obtained only through the second trimester. If a doctor doesn’t want to perform the procedure, s/he must direct the patient to a different doctor who will.
On Wednesday, Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz
(above) of Poland fired the head of Holy Family Hospital, Dr. Bogdan Chazan
, for ignoring those rules. A woman whose fetus had serious health problems wanted to obtain an abortion within the legally allowed timeframe — but Chazan not only refused to perform it, he didn’t tell her about her other options
and made her take unnecessary medical tests that pushed her over the legal deadline for the procedure:
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