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Adam Niedzielski: I will set up a team to refine guidelines related to aborting pregnancies in life or health emergencies

MedExpress Team

Piotr Wójcik

Published June 12, 2023 13:58

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- Every woman in Poland has the right to terminate her pregnancy in the event of a threat to her health or life, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said at a press conference on Monday. Following the tragic events that occurred at the hospital in Nowy Targ, a team is to be established to standardize and develop training for hospitals in Poland. The Patient Ombudsman acknowledged that patient rights had been violated.

As the Minister of Health emphasized, the right to abortion operates from both the case of danger to life and health, and the two conditions are treated separately. This means that a pregnancy can be terminated if even one of these conditions is present.

- We define health very broadly. It is not only premises related to physical health, but also mental health. Indeed, we are seeing more and more invocation of premises related to mental health. The right to terminate a pregnancy has been clarified at my request in guidelines presented by two national consultants: in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as in perinatology," the health minister noted.

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