Why this story matters:
During the recent abortion affair in Poland, we have heard many declarations about precious human lives that need to be protected at all costs. These statements were full of pathos but, as we see today, they were empty words.
The new bill is a testimony to the hypocrisy of the ruling party, PiS. Knowing that abortion is a powerful topic, they have used it to manipulate their voters and please the Church. On paper, they are the protectors of life.
However, when disabled children are born, politicians behave as if their job was over. Preoccupied with their costly social benefit programs and revamping the army, the Polish state provides very limited funding for the cosmetic items as well as the rehabilitation of handicapped children. With the new law, these resources will be even scarcer.
Let's keep that in mind next time when the state tries to push their politcal agenda at the expense of women's rights.
Details from the story:
- From March 3, the carers of children with disabilities pay more for so-called "external catheters" (diaper pants, sleepers and inserts).
- It must be noted that, beforehand, PiS had triggered significant progress in the field of material support for families with disabled children. Last year, they passed the "Law for life", which raised funding for the mentioned items. However, now they are backing out of it.
- In general, the left-wing and feminist circles found the "Law for life" scandalous as it only offered 1,000 euros (4,000 zloty) -- paid once -- to women who give birth to children with disabilities and congenital diseases. To many, it was nothing but a bribe.