“The Polish socialized healthcare system is bound and determined to exterminate children with Down’s syndrome before they are born,” said Kaja Godek, a pro-life activist, reports LifeSiteNews.
Godek is also the mother of a boy born with this genetic condition. She herself was subject to pressure from health care providers to kill her child. Her televised speech before the Polish Parliament during a recent attempt to outlaw eugenic abortions granted her a standing ovation from conservative congressmen, and sent a shockwave through the media.
If Godek’s speech was not yet a tipping point for Polish politicians, they may find a recent case even more difficult to ignore.
In mid-February 2014, Polish media shocked the public with reports of a 22-week baby born alive after a failed and legal abortion.
This baby, a girl weighing approximately 1.5 pounds, was born in the Provincial Specialist Hospital (Wojewódzki Szpital Specjalistyczny) in Wrocław. After the abortion failed, neonatologists were called to help the baby survive.
According to media reports, the girl, who has Down’s syndrome and heart problems, is in serious condition. She may have other health issues due to the abortion attempt. In Poland abortion is usually performed as induced labor. In this case it resulted in premature birth.