Ewa Kopacz

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Ewa Kopacz
Marshal of the Sejm
Assumed office
8 November 2011
President Bronisław Komorowski
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Preceded by Grzegorz Schetyna
Minister of Health
In office
16 November 2007 – 8 November 2011
President Lech Kaczyński
Bronisław Komorowski
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Preceded by Zbigniew Religa
Succeeded by Bartosz Arłukowicz
Personal details
Born (1956-12-03) December 3, 1956 (age 57)
Skaryszew, Poland
Political party Civic Platform
Profession General practitioner
Religion Roman Catholicism

Ewa Kopacz [ˈɛva ˈkɔpat͡ʂ] ( ) (born December 3, 1956 in Skaryszew) is a Polish politician and a deputy in the Sejm. She is the incumbent Marshal of the Sejm, the only woman to have held the post. In addition, she has been Minister of Health since November 2007. Kopacz has been a member of the Civic Platform since 2001.[1] Prior to entering politics, she was pediatrician and general practitioner.[citation needed]

Sejm of the Republic of Poland[edit]

Kopacz was first elected as a deputy of the Sejm in 2001.[1] She was subsequently re-elected in 2005, 2007 and 2011. In November 2011, she was elected the Marshal of the Sejm.[2]

Minister of Health[edit]

In 2009 Kopacz became an international presence on the Internet by requesting pharmaceutical companies to present the advantages of swine flu vaccines, and demanding they take full responsibility for the side effects. She advised the Polish government to wait until proper testing had been done on the vaccine before investing in it, citing the fact that seasonal flu exceeds the current WHO criteria for pandemic every year but there has been no declaration of a pandemic of this much more dangerous seasonal flu.[citation needed]

Pro-life activists in Poland had called for her excommunication after she was involved in arranging an abortion for a 14-year-old girl, citing canon 1398, which automatically sanctions anyone who allows for the procedure to occur.[3]


  1. ^ a b Kopacz, Ewa. "O mnie (About me)". Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ewa Kopacz elected Polish Sejm Speaker". Voice of Russia. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Poland Pro-Life Groups Call for Health Minister's Excommunication After Abortion Involvement

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