Polish Women Raise Fears over Pregnancy Register

The creation of a “pregnancy registry” has created fears for Polish women that they may be spied on, monitored, and may be penalized after the government finalized this measure.

Poland, in a report by Euronews, has expanded the amount of medical data retained digitally on individuals to include pregnancies, despite having a near-total abortion prohibition.

A left-wing politician, Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bk, described the concept of a “pregnancy register” in a country where abortion is almost completely prohibited as “terrifying.”

Given the current context, Antonina Lewandowska of the Foundation for Women and Family Planning described the development as “stressful.”

Lewandowska considered the register frightening for women who might wish to end their pregnancy outside of the health system. 

Lewandowska explained having the register would mean the information on Polish women’s pregnancy will be visible and medical professionals could ask questions. 

Wojciech Andrusiewicz, a spokesman for Poland’s health ministry said that only medical experts will have access to the data and the modifications were being implemented on the European Union’s proposal.

Andrusiewicz explained that the European Commission has released suggestions concerning the information that should be included in the patient’s card.

The spokesman for Poland’s health ministry added that information concerning pregnancy was crucial in saving a life as the pregnant patient may be in a position where many pharmaceuticals cannot be delivered. 

Earlier this month,  Donald Tusk, the head of Poland’s centrist Civic Platform (PO), said that an act recently passed by Poland’s health minister was intended to build a “register of pregnancies” that would “manage women.”

It was only this month when Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski approved a law allowing information about allergies, blood types, and pregnancies to be entered into the country’s Medical Information System.

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