Navigation Links
Abortions generate $95 million a year for Polish doctors as women use illegal private sector
Date:5/17/2011

Amsterdam, 17 May, 2011 - New analysis published by the UK journal Reproductive Health Matters shows that the criminalisation of abortion in Poland has led to the development of a vast illegal private sector with no controls on price, quality of care or accountability. Since abortion became illegal in the late 1980s the number of abortions carried out in hospitals has fallen by 99%. The private trade in abortions is, however, flourishing, with abortion providers advertising openly in newspapers.

Women have been the biggest losers during this push of abortion provision into the clandestine private sector. The least privileged have been hardest hit: in 2009 the cost of a surgical abortion in Poland was greater than the average monthly income of a Polish citizen. Low-income groups are less able to protest against discrimination due to lack of political influence. Better-off women can pay for abortions generating millions in unregistered, tax-free income for doctors. Some women seek safe, legal abortions abroad in countries such as the UK and Germany.

"In the private sector, illegal abortion must be cautiously arranged and paid for out of pocket," says Agata Chełstowska, the author of the research and a PhD student at the University of Warsaw. "When a woman enters that sphere, her sin turns into gold. Her private worries become somebody else's private gain". The Catholic Church, highly influential in predominantly Catholic Poland, leads the opposition to legal abortion.

Since illegality has monetised abortion, doctors have incentives to keep it clandestine, "Doctors do not want to perform abortions in public hospitals," says Wanda Nowicka, Executive Director of the Federation for Women and Family Planning. "They are ready, however, to take that risk when a woman comes to their private practice. We are talking about a vast, untaxed source of income. That is why the medical profession is not interested in changing the abortion law."

In several high profile cases, women and girls have been denied legal abortions following rape or because of serious health conditions and have been hounded by the media for seeking them. The 2004 case of a young pregnant woman who died after being denied medical treatment is currently under consideration at the European Court of Human Rights.

Other articles in this issue of Reproductive Health Matters focus on many aspects of health privatisation worldwide and includes studies from Bangladesh, Turkey, Malawi, India, Madagascar and South Africa.


'/>"/>

Contact: Pathika Martin
pmartin@rhmjournal.org.uk
44-207-267-6567
Elsevier
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Intrauterine devices reduce repeat abortions
2. Despite Treatment, Employees with Depression Generate Higher Absentee Costs, According to Thomson Reuters Study
3. American DG Energy Generates Clean Energy at Continuing Care Facility
4. New diagnostic chip able to generate single-cell molecular fingerprints for brain tumors
5. In breakthrough, nerve connections are regenerated after spinal cord injury
6. Growth factor regenerates tooth supporting structures: Results of a large randomized clinical trial
7. Sections of retinas regenerated and visual function increased with stem cells from skin
8. Amway One by One Campaign for Children Reaches 7 Million Kids
9. Michael J. Fox Foundation Awards $1 Million to Drive Critical New Research Tools and Technologies in Parkinsons Drug Development
10. International Diabetes Federation awards $2 million to 9 global diabetes research projects
11. New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $418.8 Million for Texas and Cut Youth Smoking
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/30/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Watch the video about the Revolution ... Organic Consumers Association, National Health Freedom Action, March Against Monsanto, The National Vaccine ... Moms Across America, Freedom and Ethics Alliance and the Vaccine Injury Awareness League ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... ... ... Nutrition Education for the Public (NEP), a dietetic practice ... Nutrition Partnership (SNP) in presenting “Eating Heart Healthy: Exploring Issues of Low Seafood ... inform consumers about the health benefits of eating a seafood-rich diet. , ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... ... March 30, 2017 , ... This morning, more than 275 ... their support for an independent Vaccine Safety Commission. Five of the signers of ... will hold a press conference at 9:00 AM Friday, March 31 at ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... ARI Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIS) announced today ... websites for its network of more than 650 U.S.-based dealers. Rhino, a member of ... rotary and flail mowers and cutters, rear blades, post hole diggers, pasture renovators, tillers, ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... City, NY (PRWEB) , ... March 29, 2017 ... ... for men’s and women’s professional squash, announced it has enlisted New York City-based ... The agency will develop and procure sponsorship opportunities for the Professional Squash ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/29/2017)... 29, 2017 Research and Markets has ... 2014 - 2025" report to their offering. ... The global ... million by 2025. Increasing geriatric population prone to orthopedic diseases ... navigation systems over the forecast period. Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis are ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... , Mar 29, 2017  Providence Medical Technology, ... the addition of two industry veterans to the ... joined the company to lead Global Marketing, and ... Together, Mr. Lynch and Mr. Scott have over ... Mr. Lynch joins the company with over ...
(Date:3/29/2017)...  The leader in accelerated orthodontics, OrthoAccel ® ... , Manal Ibrahim , Kenji Ojima , ... the featured microlecture presenters at the AcceleDent ® ... (AAO) Annual Session, April 21-25, 2017. Orthodontists and their ... at 11:20 a.m. On the opening morning of AAO ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: