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Pro-life doctor who refused abortion to be sacked

PR dla Zagranicy
Peter Gentle 09.07.2014 12:26
Warsaw's mayor has announced that Prof. Chazan's contract will be “terminated in accordance with the law,” after he refused a termination to a woman carrying a foetus with severe defects.

Bogdan Chazan: photo - TVN24/print screen

Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz announced on Wednesday the findings of a report into the Roman Catholic doctor's activities at the Holy Family hospital in the Polish capital, after Chazan, who is director at the hospital, refused the woman an abortion – citing a 'conscience clause' – but then declined to refer the woman to another hospital or physician.

Under Poland's strict termination laws, an abortion can only be performed if the pregnancy threatens a woman's health or if the foetus is found to have severe defects.

City Hall inspectors found “irregularities in the conduct of medical records,” Mayor Gronkiewicz-Waltz said, adding that the report will be forwarded to the prosecutor's office, to determine whether a crime had occurred under Poland's termination laws.

The woman at the centre of the furore eventually gave birth to a child with multiple disabilities.

Prof. Chazan, currently on a three-week vacation, must respond to the report within seven days. (pg)

source: IAR

tags: abortion, Health
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