Polish Bishop Questions U.N. in Defining Right and Wrong

Criticizes Report on Abortion Rights

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WARSAW, Poland, NOV. 11, 2004 (Zenit.org).- A representative of the Catholic Church in Poland reported the undue interference of U.N. organizations trying to impose the liberalization of abortion in his country.

A report of the U.N. Human Rights Commission stated that at present Poland does not guarantee women the «right» to legal abortions.

Bishop Tadeusz Pieronek, outgoing rector of Krakow’s Pontifical Academy of Theology, questioned the U.N.’s criticism with this question. «I wonder who has given the U.N. the task of indicating what is right and what is wrong,» he asked in the Italian newspaper Avvenire on Thursday.

The U.N. report expressed «its profound concern» over the existing law of abortion in Poland which, since 1993, has allowed abortion «up to the 12th week only in the case of rape, severe malformation of the fetus, or danger to the mother’s health or life.»

Bishop Pieronek stressed that the right to life is one of the fundamental principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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