This Wednesday, September 16, the European Parliament registered one of the most scandalous sessions in its history, in relation to a Polish legislative project.
A popular legislative initiative against pedophilia
Last year Counting Stars reported on the popular legislative initiative “Stop Pedofilii” (Stop Pedophilia) which was supported by more than 265,000 signatures and brought to the Sejm (the Polish Parliament) for processing. It is an initiative that has received the support of the Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS, Law and Justice) party, which governs Poland. Before the defamatory campaigns that this initiative suffered, its promoters already warned that it is a lie that it is directed against “teachers, educators or doctors who warn children against venereal diseases, sexual harassment and pornography or inform them about biological development of man”.
Offensive in Brussels against the Polish anti-pedophilia initiative
Despite this, in November of last year the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning this initiative, which they accused of “criminalisation of sexual education in Poland.” The Polish initiative against pedophilia was also criticized in the report prepared by the Spanish socialist MEP Juan Fernando López Aguilar, which we already saw here. Precisely, yesterday the European Parliament approved that report, including in its point 54 a criticism of this project against pedophilia, stating that “de facto seek to criminalise the dissemination of sexual education to minors.” A lie that the Group of Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) replied yesterday through an amendment that was rejected, as revealed by the MEP of Vox Jorge Buxadé, belonging to the ECR.
Buxadé pointed out that MEPs from the European People’s Party voted against the ECR amendment, with the exception of the 13 deputies from Fidesz (the party that governs Hungary). It is the same situation that occurred on July 16 when the report was approved by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament. “Can’t a sovereign State legislate in its Parliament to protect children and the balanced and harmonious development of their powers, including sexuality? Or directly to the EP it seems wrong to prohibit the promotion of pedophilia?”, Buxadé asked, who added that all Spanish deputies except those of Vox have voted in favor of this point, rejecting the “Stop Pedofilii” project.
What the Polish Penal Code currently says about promoting pedophilia
Given the falsehoods spread by the European Parliament about this project against pedophilia, and following the traditional line of Counting Stars of offering its readers direct access to news sources, we are going to see what that project says below. Currently, Article 200b of the Polish Penal Code (see PDF) consists of a single point that penalizes the public promotion of pedophilia. Here’s what that article says:
In Polish: “Art. 200b. Kto publicznie propaguje lub pochwala zachowania o charakterze pedofilskim, podlega grzywnie, karze ograniczenia wolności albo pozbawienia wolności do lat 2”.
In English: “Art. 200b. Whoever publicly promotes or approves the conduct of a pedophile will be punished with a fine, restriction of freedom or imprisonment of up to 2 years”.
What the project ‘Stop Pedofilii’ proposes to add
The “Stop Pedofilii” project intends to add three more points to that Article 200b (those indicated with numbers 2, 3 and 4). The Polish text of this initiative can be read on the website of its promoters (see PDF) and on the website of the Polish Parliament (see PDF). One note: the ellipsis that appear in the second line are due to the fact that the date of the law should be indicated on that site once it is approved. I put the text in Polish first:
z dnia ……………… r.
o zmianie ustawy z dnia 6 czerwca 1997 r. Kodeks karny
Art. 1. W ustawie z dnia 6 czerwca 1997 r. – Kodeks karny (Dz. U. z 2018 r. poz. 1600 z późn. zm.) art. 200b otrzymuje brzmienie:
,,Art. 200b. §1. Kto publicznie propaguje lub pochwala zachowania o charakterze pedofilskim, podlega grzywnie, karze ograniczenia wolności albo pozbawienia wolności do lat 2.
§2. Tej samej karze podlega, kto publicznie propaguje lub pochwala podejmowanie przez małoletniego obcowanie płciowego.
§3. Jeżeli sprawca dopuszcza się czynu określonego w §2 za pomocą środków masowego komunikowania, podlega karze pozbawienia wolności do lat 3.
§4. Kto propaguje lub pochwala podejmowanie przezmałoletniegoobcowania płciowegolubinnej czynności seksualnej, działając w związku z zajmowaniem stanowiska, wykonywaniem zawodu lub działalności związanych z wychowaniem, edukacją, leczeniem małoletnich lub opieką nad nimi albo działając na terenie szkoły lub innego zakładu lub placówki oświatowo-wychowawczej lub opiekuńczej, podlega karze pozbawienie wolności do lat 3.”
Art. 2. Ustawa wchodzi po upływie 30 dni od dnia ogłoszenia.
And here we can read the English translation:
on the modification of the Law of June 6, 1997 of the Criminal Code
Art. 1. In the Law of June 6, 1997 – Penal Code (Official Gazette of 2018, article 1600, as amended), Art. 200b is replaced by the following:
“Art. 200b. §one. Anyone who publicly promotes or approves pedophile behavior will be punished with a fine, restriction of freedom or imprisonment of up to 2 years.
§2. The same punishment applies to anyone who publicly encourages or endorses sexual relations with a minor.
§3. If the perpetrator commits the act specified in §2 by mass communication, he will be punished with imprisonment for up to 3 years.
§4. Whoever promotes or approves the participation in sexual relations or other sexual activity by a minor, acting in relation to the performance of a position, the performance of a profession or activities related to the upbringing, education, treatment or care of minors, or who acts on the premises of a school or other institution or educational or care institution, is subject to a prison sentence of up to 3 years.
Art. 2. The Law enters into force 30 days after its publication.
What the Polish Constitution says about the protection of children
Likewise, the explanatory memorandum recalls the provisions of Article 72 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland (see PDF) in point 1:
In Polish: “Rzeczpospolita Polska zapewnia ochronę praw dziecka. Każdy ma prawo żądać od organów władzy publicznej ochrony dziecka przed przemocą, okrucieństwem, wyzyskiem i demoralizacją.”
In English (official translation of the Sejm): “The Republic of Poland shall ensure protection of the rights of the child. Everyone shall have the right to demand of organs of public authority that they defend children against violence, cruelty, exploitation and actions which undermine their moral sense.”
What bothers Brussels is that Poland protects its children?
So far the facts. And now that the deputies who have supported the report by the socialist López Aguilar explain what they think is wrong about this project against pedophilia. What they don’t like is that Poland criminalizes the promotion of sex with minors and the promotion of sexual relations between children? Of course, the one who has a serious problem is not Poland, but the European institutions that attack in this way those who seek to protect the innocence of the little ones.
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