Poland signs Geneva Consensus Declaration

Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau expressed support for the Geneva Consensus Declaration signed virtually by a total of 32 countries on Thursday.

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The declaration aims to reaffirm commitment to protect human life, strengthen the family as “the foundational unit of society and to achieve better health for women,” the Foreign Ministry wrote on Twitter.

Minister Rau in a short video posted on Twitter said that Poland supports the declaration because “we believe that the family has fundamental meaning for every strong society while every woman deserves a healthy life.”

The declaration reaffirms that “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State,”, it also states that “motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance,” and that “women play a critical role in the family” and women’s “contribution to the welfare of the family and to the development of society.”

The whole text of the Declaration can be read here.

Signatories also emphasised that “in no case should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning” and that “any measures or changes related to abortion within the health system can only be determined at the national or local level according to the national legislative process.”

The Geneva Consensus Declaration was signed by a total of 32 countries: Bahrain, Belarus, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eswatini, Gambia, Haiti, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Nauru, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, the US and Zambia.

Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Uganda and the US were the cosponsors of the document. Its name includes Geneva because its signing was intended to occur in that Swiss city before the live meeting of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information about the Declaration can be found at this address.

The signing of the Geneva Consensus Declaration by Poland coincided with the ruling of the Polish Constitutional Court about the “eugenic abortion,” which said that such procedures violate the Polish constitution.