First death of Polish woman due to fetal defects after ban on abortion

Source : 112 Ukraine

Last year, abortions due to fetal defects were declared illegal in Poland. Because of this, doctors, despite the threat to the life of a pregnant woman, waited until the fetus died on its own
15:45, 3 November 2021

People place candles in tribute to a woman who died in the 22nd week of pregnancy in Warsaw, Poland
Associated Press

A pregnant woman died in Poland, the first time since abortions due to fetal defects were banned, AP NEWS reports.

"The 30-year-old woman died of septic shock in her 22nd week of pregnancy. Doctors did not perform an abortion, even though her fetus was lacking amniotic fluid, according to a lawyer for the family," the message reads.

It is noted that the woman died in September, but her case was made public only on October 29. This provoked protests in Warsaw, Krakow and other cities. Activists noted that this is the first case of a woman's death since the introduction of abortion restrictions last year.

The hospital reported that all actions were performed in accordance with the legal regulations and standards of conduct in force in Poland.

As t was reported, last year the Constitutional Tribunal, under the influence of the ruling Polish party, ruled that abortions with birth defects are not constitutional and are therefore prohibited. Since then, in Poland, abortion is allowed only after rape or in case of threat to the mother's life. As a result of this decision, a wave of protests swept the country. Outraged women disrupted the services of the Catholic Church, which opposes abortion.

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