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Polish hospital head fired over denied abortion

July 9, 2014
Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Warsaw's mayor has fired the head of a maternity hospital who refused to perform or facilitate an abortion of a badly deformed fetus for reasons of conscience.

The recently delivered baby is under intensive care with major brain and skull deformity.

Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz said Wednesday she fired obstetrician Bogdan Chazan, a declared Catholic, because of the case.

The mayor said Chazan refused to perform an abortion and failed to advise the woman on where it was available and on the approaching deadline.

Pregnancy can be terminated before the 24th week when the fetus is badly damaged. A doctor can refuse for reasons of conscience, but has a legal obligation to direct the patient to another doctor.

 
 

 

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