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Palestra 10-2020

The Constitutional Tribunal could not have ruled worse, that is, on destroying the system with one decision

The column concerns the issue of the Constitutional Tribunal verdict of 22 October 2020, K 1/20, on the non- compliance with the Constitution of Article 4a(1)(2) of the Polish abortion law (the Family Planning, Protection of the Human Fetus and the Conditions of Admissibility of Termination of Pregnancy Act), i.e., the condition allowing abortion where examinations or other medical conditions indicate a high probability of a serious and irreversible impairment of the fetus or an incurable disease threatening its life (the so-called embryological condition). The column discusses the reasons for the substantive incorrectness of the Constitutional Tribunal’s verdict and exposes the erroneously chosen jurisprudence mechanism, legal reservations as to the correctness of the determining authority, as well as lack of recognition of the consequences of the verdict in other - legal, medical, and social - areas. The column indicates problematic areas which reflect significant breaches and omissions which may explain the observed social reactions and consequences.

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