Before the Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling on Oct. 22, Polish law permitted abortion only in cases of rape or incest, a risk to the mother’s life, or fetal abnormality.
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The ruling, which cannot be appealed, could lead to a significant reduction in the number of abortions in the country.
The archbishop praised people who not only worked for full legal protection of unborn life, but also offered help and support to expectant mothers.
The court found that abortion in the case of a high probability of severe and irreversible impairment of the fetus, or an incurable disease that threatens its life, was inconsistent with constitutional provisions protecting human life.