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Last summer, the Polish president Andrzej Duda declared that LGBT are not people, but an “evil ideology”, and described LGBT as a form of “neo-Bolshevism” that is “smuggled into schools” in order to “sexualize children”.
Prior to this, the influential archbishop of Cracow had labelled LGBT a “rainbow plague”, while the country’s newly appointed education minister had insisted that “LGBT+ ideology grew out of… the same roots as Germany´s Hitlerian National Socialism, which was responsible for all the evil of World War II.”
Meanwhile, approximately 100 communities in Poland have declared themselves “free from LGBT-ideology”. It’s repressive and stigmatizing but it’s so far only rhetoric, as there are no laws in Poland legally criminalizing LGBT people.
In addition to this, in October 2020 the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that abortion is unconstitutional in nearly all cases (hence, only 26 cases performed in 2019 would have been legal according to the new law). However, the decision from the Court, which majority of the judges are politically appointed, backfired, millions of Poles took to the streets to demonstrate against the ruling, the church and the government.
On the EU level, Article 2 in the EU treaty states that the EU is “founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities”, and that the member states share a “society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.”
The question arises whether the LGBT+ are “persons belonging to minorities”, and whether the right to abortion is essential for “equality between men and women” in the EU terms? Should the decisions regarding women’s and LGBT´s rights be left to the member states or should the EU interfere? And in that case, how should that be done?
Online debate with Kira Marie Peter-Hansen and Sylwia Spurek (in English).
Kira Marie Peter-Hansen
Kira Marie Peter-Hansen (Socialistisk Folkeparti) is a member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance and is a substitute on the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.
Sylwia Spurek (Independent) is a Polish member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance and holds the Vice-Chair on the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.
Arrangementet afholdes med støtte fra Europa-Parlamentet og Europa-Nævnet.