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Polish doctor

October 2014

Pro-life campaigners have demonstrated outside the Polish embassy in London after a professor was removed from his post at a hospital in Warsaw.

The protest, organised by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), aimed to show support for Prof. Bogdan Chazan, who was told to leave his position at Holy Family Children’s Hospital after he refused to abort an unborn baby with a disability.

He also refused to refer the parents for abortion and was dismissed by the mayor of Warsaw. The child was born, but died naturally.

On Polish news station Polskie Radio, the prime minister of the country, Donald Tusk, said, ‘Regardless of what his conscience is telling him, a doctor must carry out the law’.

However, in the predominantly Catholic country, many people have protested against a trend to ‘kill the innocent’, as one campaigner said.

According to a statement from SPUC, the aim of the demonstration was to call for the reinstatement of Prof. Chazan to his post at Holy Family Children’s Hospital and to highlight the injustice of the dismissal.