Poland's PM: doctor's duty is above his faith

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk has weighed into a debate about abortion and doctors' religious beliefs that is roiling emotions in the largely Catholic country.

Tusk on Tuesday said doctors have to put their obligation to the patient and the law above their private beliefs.

His comment came after obstetrician Bogdan Chazan caused uproar by refusing to allow a woman to abort a fetus with serious head and brain defects.

Chazan is one of around 3,000 Polish doctors who have signed a "Declaration of Faith" saying they are believers and consider abortion and euthanasia as being against their faith.

In Poland, abortion is only legal until the 25th week of pregnancy when the mother's life is at risk or if the fetus is badly damaged or the result of rape.

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