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by Euro Reporter
2009-09-28 07:52:17
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Libido-killing drugs

Poland's lower house approved legislation Friday that would make it obligatory to chemically castrate offenders who rape children under 15 or close relatives.  The centre-right government proposed the bill in response to a series of cases in which fathers sexually abused their daughters. It also rises the maximum prison term for the rape of under-15s to 15 years from 12.

Under the law, approved overwhelmingly by parliament's lower house, people convicted of raping under-15s would be obliged to take drugs intended to control their sexual urges - a practice known as chemical castration. The drugs would be administered at a prison hospital or medical centre.

In cases where children between 15 and 18 are raped, the new law would leave it up to courts to decide whether the assailant should undergo chemical treatment.  The law also would apply to people who rape close relatives - a term that it does not define more specifically. It also does not say how old those relatives would have to be for obligatory chemical castration to apply.  Poland already offers the procedure on a voluntary basis. The bill still needs approval from the upper house of parliament and President Lech Kaczynski, both of which it can expect to receive.


The new Obama missile plan

Poland’s security interests may end up being better served under the flexible defence system now proposed by Washington than it was under the previous land-based plan, an adviser to the Polish prime minister said on Thursday. Last week, US President Barack Obama shelved a project to install interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar site in the Czech Republic and said he would instead seek a system involving first sea-based and later land-based interceptors.

The key concern for NATO member Poland has been not so much the kind of missile system deployed as the implicit US commitment to its defence implied by the stationing of American military hardware on its soil. “If this system becomes reality in the shape Washington is now suggesting, it would actually be better for us than the original missile shield program,” said Slawomir Nowak, a senior advisor to Prime Minister Donald Tusk. “We were never really threatened by a long-range missile attack from Iran,” he said.


Anti-abortion …fine

A Polish court on Wednesday ordered a Roman Catholic magazine to pay a fine and apologize to a woman for likening her to a killer for wanting an abortion and equating the practice with Nazi crimes.
Judge Ewa Solecka ruled Wednesday that Catholics are free to express their moral disapproval of abortion - and even call it murder - but in a general way that stops short of vilifying an individual. Solecka ordered the magazine, Gosc Niedzielny, which is published by the Katowice archdiocese, to pay Alicja Tysiac 30,000 zlotys (nearly $11,000) and issue her a written apology.

Solecka said the magazine's language was "particularly contemptuous" of Tysiac. It is the latest episode in an ongoing public debate over abortion in Poland, a mainly Roman Catholic country where it is illegal in most cases. Tysiac has become a symbol for the abortion rights movement because she challenged Poland's ban on abortion with the European Court of Human Rights. In 2007, that court ordered Poland to pay her damages of euro25, 000 (nearly $37,000) because doctors refused to let her terminate her pregnancy despite serious risk to her eyesight.

After giving birth, her eyesight deteriorated considerably due to a retinal hemorrhage and doctors declared her significantly disabled. Following the ruling, the editor of Gosc Niedzielny (Sunday Visitor), Rev. Marek Gancarczyk, wrote: "We live in a world where a mother receives an award for very much wanting to kill her child, but not being allowed to do so." Gancarczyk compared abortion to the ghastly medical experiments performed at Auschwitz by the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele and others. "They had become accustomed to the murders being carried out behind the fence of the camp. And what is the case today? Different, but just as terrible," he wrote.


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