Constitutional Guarantees of Specific Health Services in the Context of Protecting Women in Pregnacy
Providing health services to pregnant women is a special situation, which is confirmed in constitutional provisions, and above all in art. 68 paragraph 3 of the Polish Constitution. This article imposes on public authorities the obligation to provide specific health care to certain entities, including women expecting a child. Regardless of the principles of financing health services, pregnant women are in a distinguished group for which the state guarantees special health care. The purpose of the article is to indicate that the normative scope of provision 68 para. 3 is an expression of the specific axiology adopted by the constitution-maker, in which the care of a pregnant woman also means caring for the development of the nation, human dignity and protection of life and health - i.e. fundamental values. Legislative regulations related to norms of protection for pregnant women should constitute a kind of control pattern regarding standards of providing services in healthcare, understanding the essence of this care and the ability to decode legal norms in terms of constitutionally protected values. The basic research method was dogmatic and legal (stylistic and linguistic) analysis, as well as humanistic axiological analysis.