A 14-year-old girl was raped and got pregnant. Her mother braved Poland's insanely restrictive abortion laws and got permission for a termination.
But the local Catlick priest got wind of it and tried to bully the girl out of it -- in the FUCKING hospital.
All kinds of further hoo-haw ensued but the girl did get the abortion.
Apparently, they took the Polish government to the European Court of Human Rights and won with compensation of 61,000 euros.
In their ruling, which is subject to appeal, a panel of judges at the European Court of Human Rights found that there had been numerous breaches of the girl's rights.This is not the first time Poland's Christian Sharia law has come to the attention of this court.
The court found that she should gave had unhindered access to lawful abortion and that the details of her case should not have been made public by hospital authorities.
The BBC's Adam Easton in Warsaw says that Poland's abortion law is unlikely to become more liberal soon.
Poland's Catholic church is fiercely opposed to any attempts to ease the restrictions and a majority of mainstream politicians support the status quo.
And as for having such draconian abortion laws, how about this?
An estimated 150,000 clandestine abortions take place annually in Poland, generating around $95 million of undeclared and tax-free revenue.When abortion is restricted or illegal, it goes underground. Women and girls are put at risk and society loses.
h/t's for rape victim follow-up link Stephen Lautens and for clandestine Polish abortions link to Claudine Jacques