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Chad Pecknold, associate professor, theology, published an essay in National Review on Poland's proposed abortion ban. See below.

Why Progressive Catholics Fear Poland's Proposed Abortion Ban

From: National Review
Date: May 5, 2016
Author: C. C. Pecknold

Liberal secularists are always up in arms about abortion. They see it not as the slaughter of innocents but as a great symbol of social and economic advancement for women. In the U.S., abortion in most states is legal up to the moment of birth. Throughout the U.K., it’s legal up to the 24th week of gestation. Pro-abortion-rights advocates in both countries get especially nervous about their liberal confrères in the European Union, where abortion is legal only to the twelfth week. So naturally, they have been on maneuvers about Poland.

Once a Communist nation that permitted abortion on demand, Poland is now a more Catholic country in its culture and even public policy. In 1993, Poland instituted a law that not only restricts abortion to the twelfth week, as most EU nations do, but permits it only in cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormality, or grave threat to the life of the mother. Since 2011, anti-abortion Poles have been lobbying for a total ban, gaining millions of signatures, and proposing several bills, all of which have failed to secure a majority in parliament.

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