I have the deepest affection for intellectual conversations. The ability to just sit and talk. About love, about life, about anything, about everything. To sit under the moon with all the time in the world, the full-speed train that is our lives slowing to a crawl. Bound by no obligations, barred by no human limitations. To speak without regret or fear of consequence. To talk for hours and about what’s really important in life.
Polish doctor that refused to perform abortion named a “hero”
Dr Bogdan Chazan was visited by an expecting mother (32 weeks into pregnancy), who already had 5 miscarriages before and was worried about her health. It turned out that the fetus had hydrocephalus, undeveloped brain and was missing many bones from its skull. The Doctor refused to perform an abortion and didn’t send the woman to another hospital which could do so (according to polish law, if a doctor doesn’t want to perform an abortion, he has to choose another hospital which will agree to do so). Chazan was named a “local hero” and “true warrior of Jesus in the name of life of the unborn” by many polish politicians and catholic activists. He used conscience clause as an excuse for his actions.
The woman gave birth to the child through a C-section. She and her husband spent 10 painful days watching their deformed child die a horrible death. When she finally decided to speak out, she said:
“During these 10 days, no priest, no pro life activist or even dr Chazan came to see the child, to ask if they can help. It was really hard to look at our child. We knew what was coming, but it was still very hard to cope with”
Congratulations, pro-lifers - another “life” saved, another “happy” child and “happy” family.
What makes him even more revolting is the fact he used to perform abortions when it was legal and when conscience clause didn’t exist. He choose to be a doctor knowing he will be required to perform abortions and he did it without protest years ago. He had no moral objections back then and he doesn’t have them now: although he refuses to give women prescriptions for birth control when they visit him through the public health care system (which is free), he has no such qualms when you visit him in private (which costs 250 zł, a lot of money by polish standards). He abused the conscience clause which applies to ONE doctor and not the whole hospital; as a director of a hospital he threatened his staff saying that if they do prescribe birth control/perform in vitro/abortions they will get fired.
The woman’s child had part of it’s skull missing, it’s eye hanging by a thread and other horrible dysfunctions. It died in agony thanks to that doctor’s conscience.