Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Poland today after the death of a pregnant woman that NGOs say fell victim to abortion laws in place since the beginning of this year, which effectively ban all abortions in the country.
30-year-old Isabella was 22 weeks pregnant when she died in a hospital in Pszczyna in southern Silesia in late September. She died of septic shock following the death of the fetus in her womb. According to the woman’s attorney, the doctors would have taken an overly wait-and-see attitude for fear of prosecution under the strict abortion law. Two doctors at the hospital in question are now no longer allowed to perform their duties and the Public Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation.
Similar demonstrations took place in 70 other Polish cities on Saturday. At the beginning of this year, Poles were already taking to the streets in droves against the country’s new, stricter abortion law. In Poland, abortion is now legal only if the pregnancy threatens the mother’s health or life, or is the result of a crime.
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