Anti-abortion Poland offers payments for disabled newborns

Posted: Nov 04, 2016

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Polish lawmakers approved a plan Friday to pay a bonus to families whose child is born disabled - part of a policy aimed at curbing the number of abortions.

The "For Life" plan, which is expected to take effect next year, gives a one-time payment of 4,000 zlotys ($1,000) upon the birth of a disabled child or one with a life-threatening disease.

Government official Elzbieta Witek said the money is intended as the "first step" of government support for families with disabled children. Such families have long been demanding higher aid, which currently stands at 1,300 zlotys a month for a parent taking care of the child full-time.

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