Poland Insists EU "Right to Life" Venture against
Death Penalty Should Include Abortion and Euthanasia
By John-Henry Westen
A debate in the European Union is simmering over the
upcoming World Day against the Death Penalty on
October 10. The current EU President from Portugal
is requesting that the EU jointly declare an EU-wide
day against the death penalty on that date.
However, Poland has rightly seen hypocrisy in the
venture with regard to the "right to life". The 2006
declaration by the Presidency of the EU on the
occasion of the World Day against the death penalty
stated: "The European Union considers the death
penalty as a cruel and inhuman punishment and a
violation to the right to life."
According to a Polish Radio report by Joanna Najfeld,
Polish diplomats are being pressured to back the EU
death penalty proposal but are nonetheless remaining
firm in their stance that euthanasia and abortion
should be included in the "right to life" discussion.
Polish Radio quotes Krzysztof Bosak, of the League
of Polish Right (LPR), who is also a member of the
Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly. "I think
it is hypocritical on the part of the EU to promote
abortion, destructive lifestyles and euthanasia and
at the same time to pretend to care about the right
to life in only one case - death penalty," he said.
"Death penalty is already illegal in the European
Union. Maybe it is time to consider protecting the
right to life of other social groups. Maybe it is
time to establish a European Day of Life to protect
also the weakest and most innocent - children before
birth, especially those diagnosed with a disability,
they are exterminated on a mass scale across Europe.
But also to protect the disabled who are already
born, the sick and the elderly - to save them from
the tragedy of death on demand, or euthanasia," said