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Newsweek Polska - Poland | 08/04/2015

Poland's new baby bonus unfair

Under a new amendment approved by the government on Tuesday, all families in Poland will be able to claim 1,000 złoty (or 250 euros) in benefits in their child's first year as of 2016 - independently of how high their income is. An unfair regulation, the liberal Newsweek Polska magazine finds: "It doesn't make sense to give everyone the baby bonus without taking account of a family's income and material assets. Why should a single mother receive the same treatment as the wife of an entrepreneur who earns enough to guarantee a good life for his wife and children? To give all mothers the same amount is certainly not fair, even if those who penned the law say it is. It would only be fair if those who have many assets didn't receive any support from the government because they can get along just fine without this money."

Newsweek Polska - Poland | 25/03/2014

Poland's opposition exploiting parents' pain

The Polish opposition parties on Monday declared their solidarity with the parents of children with disabilities who have been occupying the Parliament building since last Wednesday. The parents are demanding a rise in disability benefits. The opposition is just trying to capitalise on the situation, Newsweek Polska concludes: "The parents are being blatantly and cynically exploited by the politicians - first by Arkadiusz Mularczyk of the [right-wing] Solidarna Polska party, who only joined this protest to remind people of his faction which is doing very badly in the polls. Then everyone from right to left joined in the chorus of complaint and seized the opportunity to bash the government for supposedly being so incompetent and insensitive to human suffering. ... All of a sudden these politicians are unusually sensitive to the fate of children with disabilities and their carers."

Newsweek Polska - Poland | 26/09/2013

Polish anti-abortionists are blackmailers

The Polish parliament will discuss today the demands of the citizens' initiative "Stop Abortion", which seeks to ban abortions on genetically damaged foetuses. The weekly magazine Newsweek Polska attacks the initiative: "The authors of this proposal are using a sort of moral blackmail: if you don't want to give birth to this sick child then you're no more than a common murderer. The blackmailers don't think at all about the fact that the parents will have to raise this child and fight with the illness for his or her entire life. That means saying no to everything else: work, hobbies, even friends, and devoting yourself entirely to this disabled child. And all that without the help of the state, which only provides such parents with miserable and humiliating services. And the moral blackmailers know that only too well."

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | 15/02/2010

Polish courts careless on adoption

Potential adoptive parents have great difficulties adopting a child in Poland because the family courts are loathe to make final decisions about whether a child can be adopted, the conservative daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna writes, and calls on the judges to take action: "The family courts are far too careless about the legal situation of children living in children's homes. The experts appear to have long been aware of the solution to this problem. In their opinion it lies in the hands of precisely these family courts. They should check families that have been deprived of their parental rights on a regular basis. Naturally they should ensure that the children can be returned to these families and also look into whether the mother who drinks too much is in therapy or the jobless father is seeking work. And also tell them clearly that they have six months to improve or they will lose their children for good. ... It would suffice to finally implement these proposals, which have been known for years."

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | 27/02/2007

The debate about euthanasia in Poland

The case of Janusz Switaj has triggered a debate about euthanasia in Poland. Switaj was left paralysed after an accident and is now fighting a court case to have the machines that keep him alive switched off. Arkadiusz Nowak, a Catholic priest, says in an interview with Renata Kim: "It's easy for us to conclude that this person should live with his suffering. I believe that none of us could say with 100 percent certainty that he or she could tolerate pain with patience and profound faith. But it's one thing to sympathise with Switaj's situation and another to approve of his being allowed to die. From the point of view of Christian ethics switching off the machines would be homicide." Asked whether he believes Poland is ready for a debate about euthanasia Nowak responds: "Yes, but I hope this Catholic country will never go as far as to legally sanction euthanasia."

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