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(LifeSiteNews) — New data from Poland’s Ministry of Health shows that the number of legal abortions declined 90 percent from 2020 to 2021 after the largely Catholic country made it illegal to kill unborn children based on a pre-birth medical diagnosis such as Down syndrome.
According to the data, 1,076 abortions were carried out in Poland in 2020, compared with just 107 in 2021.
The precipitous decline is being attributed to the October 2020 ruling by Poland’s Constitutional Court, which decided that it was a violation of the “constitutionally protected right to life” to abort a child solely because the child was diagnosed with a birth defect in-utero.
Pro-lifers in Poland celebrated the data, saying the new law effectively saved the lives of nearly 1,000 children in just one year of its implementation.
“This means that the law is working and has allowed specific people to be saved,” reacted the head of the pro-life Proelio Group Foundation, Magdalena Korzekwa-Kaliszuk.
Korzekwa-Kaliszuk also mentioned that the new law has had a two-pronged benefit, as it both reinforces the “conviction that the right to life should not depend on the diagnosis of a medical condition” while also removing any “basis” doctors have had to “propose or even pressure parents to have an abortion.”
UPDATE (8/6/22): We are heartbroken to tell you that Archie's life-support was switched off on Saturday 6 August.
We ask you to add your name to the prayerful message we are sending Archie's parents, Hollie and Paul, who are suffering the most devastating time of their lives.
Both the European Court of Human Rights and a UK High Court turned down respective applications by Archie's parents to halt the withdrawal of life-support and allow them to transfer their son to hospice care.
This cruel betrayal by the legal and medical establishment, who even denied Archie the right to travel abroad where treatment was being offered to him, represents another blow to the notion that human rights and parents' wishes really matter.
We can only hold Archie and the entire family in our prayers now.
Thank you for your support.
May God have mercy on them all.
Archie Battersbee (12) is on life-support in a UK hospital following a tragic accident, but doctors now want to end his treatment despite his distraught parents begging medics to let God decide when he dies.
Archie's heartbroken mother has submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that prevented the hospital turning off her son's life-support earlier today.
SIGN this urgent petition in support of Archie and his family - tell the ECHR to Let Archie Live.
Lawyers for the hospital last night told Archie's family that he cannot be moved to a hospice, and that if an application to the ECHR was not received by 9am on 3 August, life support would be withdrawn at 11am.
Thankfully the family's lawyers submitted the ECHR application, or Archie would now be dead.
Archie Battersbee's mother Hollie Dance tells Julia about the emotional challenges of trying to extend her son's life support care.— TalkTV (@TalkTV) August 3, 2022
"I'm putting my sons fight before myself and my emotions. I promised Archie I would fight until I can't anymore."@juliahb1 pic.twitter.com/HdRPaPbLAc
Archie’s mother Hollie Dance said: “We are very relieved (that Archie's machine was not turned off), we are having to battle every decision with the hospital. We now hope and pray that the ECHR will look favorably on the application."
"We will not give up on Archie until the end. Heartbreakingly, the hospital Trust have told us that we cannot move Archie to a hospice....This is cruel and we are absolutely appalled,” she added.
The family are also receiving offers from doctors abroad to treat Archie, but they are not allowed to transfer their son from the hospital.
‘If this country can’t treat him where is the harm in allowing him to go to another country?— GB News (@GBNEWS) August 3, 2022
Mother of Archie Battersbee, Hollie Dance, says the family have filed an application to the European Court of Human Rights in a bid to postpone the withdrawal of his life support. pic.twitter.com/oc7SrX6GGh
On Tuesday government lawyers also convinced the UK's Supreme Court to dismiss the interim measures injunction issued by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), which said Archie’s treatment should not be removed.
Archie's life is on the line - he needs us to raise the alarm throughout the world today.
SIGN AND SHARE this urgent petition today.
It is unspeakably cruel to drag Archie's mother through the courts when her son is in such a devastating condition - she should be allowed to spend this precious time with him, not having to fight tooth and nail to prevent doctors from withdrawing treatment.
While Archie's doctors claim he is "brain-stem dead", not one medic would testify before the courts that this is definitely the case.
In fact, Archie's parents have footage of their son gripping their fingers, contrary to the doctors' claim he is "brain-stem dead".
‘There’s been many occasions where he’s held my fingers.’— GB News (@GBNEWS) July 16, 2022
Hollie Dance vows to fight the court ruling that her son, Archie Battersbee, is dead and his treatment should stop.
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Instead, Archie's mom is insisting that God should decide when her son passes, not doctors, lawyers, judges and politicians.
Archie's dad, Paul Battersbee, fell ill outside the Court of Appeals on 25 July as he awaited a ruling that upheld the hospital's right to withdraw life-support treatment.
Such is the stress, anxiety and pain that is being inflicted on these poor parents.
Please stand with this sorrowful mother and father today as they fight for their beloved son.
Sign The Petition: Let Archie Live.
And please say a prayer for Archie and his family - this was the scene before lawyers managed to submit the ECHR application:
His parents 🥺🙏 pic.twitter.com/QANNFkcgtG— 🇦🇺🇳🇿 ♀️Emma ♀️ 🇭🇺🇬🇧 (@TheCynicalHun) August 3, 2022
UK Supreme Court refuses more time for Archie's parents to appeal to UN court - LifeSiteNews
Despite being a member of the pro-abortion and pro-LGBT European Union, Poland has taken significant strides in recent years with respect to advancing the pro-life and pro-family cause.
In the spring of 2021, Poland introduced its “Family Care Capital” program, which gives extra, tax-free money to families with more than one child in the hopes of boosting the country’s birthrate.
Later that same year, Polish President Andrzej Duda gave an unapologetically pro-family and pro-conservative interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, reaffirming Poland’s definition of marriage as the “union of a man and woman” while also stating the importance of the family unit.
“The [Polish] constitution stipulates that marriage, it says ‘a union of a man and woman, and family,’ are protected by the government in a special way … To me, the value of family is priceless, I do support families,” Duda told Carlson.
“I’m pro-life, I defend life, I believe that life is sacred … I believe [life] should be guarded, and families have to be supported as strong as they can because family is the foundation of every nation.”