On Thursday, October 22nd, the Polish constitutional court ruled that the law allowing abortion due to fetal anomaly is unconstitutional. Once the ruling goes into effect, abortion will only be legal in the case of rape, incest, and a threat to the mother’s health or life, which only constitute two percent of legal abortions in Poland. Poland’s globalist pan-European overlords are, unsurprisingly, unhappy. Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic called it a “sad day for women’s rights.”
The court ruling will allow the governing Law and Justice party to draft legislation banning abortion in the case of fetal anomaly, which they will likely do. Polish President Andrzej Duda, who has long been supportive of closing the fetal anomaly provision often used as a loophole, pledged to sign this kind of legislation.
The day of the judicial decision is celebrated by the Catholic Church as the Feast Day of Pope Saint John Paul II who was a Polish pope credited with helping to end Communist rule in Poland. Another aspect of his legacy, however, is the encyclical Evangelium Vitae, which is, in my opinion, the strongest defense of life ever written. I was blessed with the opportunity to annotate the document and write a fifteen page paper on it for a college class last semester. Despite the papal document being published over twenty-five years ago, it is absolutely incredible how accurate it is about the grave evils emerging at the time that would have dire consequences in future decades, including in our present age. For instance, he writes a lot about discriminatory abortion in the case of disability, condemns it, and warns of the eugenic mentality rooted in it.
It is not a coincidence that the home country of this most holy and saintly man continues to lead the charge for the elimination of a moral evil that he wrote about so well. You cannot tell me that he was not looking down from Heaven and praying unceasingly for his country and for this moment. The timing of this glorifies God in a way that would not have happened if it had occurred on any other day. We must continue to pray for the blessings of God as well as the intercession of Pope Saint John Paul II and the entire Communion of Saints for the predominantly Catholic Poland and all nations. Pope Saint John Paul II, pray for us.