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Poles protest strict abortion law after pregnant woman dies

Protesters turned out in Warsaw and in lots of different Polish cities Saturday to decry the nation’s restrictive abortion legislation, which they are saying has led to the loss of life of a younger mom with being pregnant that had medical issues.

The protesters held portraits of the lady, 30-year-old Iza, who died in hospital in Pszczyna, southern Poland, from septic shock. She died in September however her loss of life simply grew to become recognized within the final week. Medical doctors on the hospital held off terminating her 22-week being pregnant although her fetus lacked sufficient amniotic fluid to outlive, her household and a lawyer say.

The medical doctors have been suspended and prosecutors are investigating.

Ladies’s rights activists say the lady was a sufferer of Poland’s newly restrictive abortion legislation. They are saying medical doctors in Poland, a closely Catholic nation, now look forward to a fetus with extreme defects to die within the womb moderately than carry out an abortion. Illegal abortion can carry a sentence of as much as eight years in jail.

Taking part within the protest in Warsaw, below the motto of “Not One Extra” girl to die, was Donald Tusk, the previous European Union chief who’s now head of Poland’s opposition.

The protesters gathered earlier than the Constitutional Tribunal that dominated final 12 months that terminating a being pregnant with congenital defects is towards Poland’s structure. They then marched to the Well being Ministry and lit up their cellphones in reminiscence of the lady who died.

 

Protests had been additionally held in Gdansk, Poznan, Wroclaw, Bialystok and in lots of different cities.

Earlier than the brand new restriction, girls in Poland might have abortions solely in three instances: if the being pregnant resulted from a criminal offense like rape, if the lady’s life was in danger, or within the case of irreparable defects of the fetus. The final risk was closed by the tribunal’s verdict.

These in favour of the brand new restriction say it’s not clear that the restriction led to the lady’s loss of life.

Well being Minister Adam Niedzielski mentioned the case was “tough” and wanted shut evaluation. He mentioned directions will likely be issued to make it clear to obstetricians {that a} “girl’s security is a cause to terminate a being pregnant.”

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