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Doctors in Poland are being told that sick women have the right to abortion
Protesters gather outside Poland's Constitutional Tribunal in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday, November 6, 2021, to protest stringent abortion regulations after a woman died from problems during her pregnancy. Protesters carried photographs of Iza, 30, who died in a hospital from septic shock. According to her family and a lawyer, despite the fact that her fetus lacked enough amniotic fluid to live, her physicians did not terminate the pregnancy.
WARSAW, Poland - The Health Ministry of Poland released guidelines to physicians on Sunday stating that it is lawful to terminate a pregnancy when the woman's health or life is in danger, a directive that comes amid apparent misunderstanding regarding a new ban on abortion in the nation.
The letter to obstetricians is in response to the hospital death of a 30-year-old woman whose 22-week pregnancy experienced medical complications. The woman died in September, but her death was extensively publicized this month. Doctors in Pszczyna, southern Poland, refused to terminate her pregnancy despite the fact that her fetus lacked enough amniotic fluid to live, according to her family and a lawyer.
The physicians have been suspended, and prosecutors are looking into the matter.
Over the weekend, outraged Poles staged large countrywide protests, blaming the woman's death on Poland's stringent abortion legislation. According to women's rights groups, it has a chilling effect on doctors in this primarily Roman Catholic country.
The protests continued for a second day on Sunday, with the largest one taking place in Krakow, in the south. Thousands of demonstrators lit cell phone lights and observed a minute of silence in her honor. They then marched to the Krakow church officials' offices, singing anti-new Poland's abortion ban.
The ministry emphasized that terminating a pregnancy when the woman's health is jeopardized, and especially when her life is jeopardized, is legal. It contained instructions in the event of early amniotic fluid loss.
"It should be emphasized that doctors should not be frightened to make obvious judgments." "as a result of their expertise and accessible medical knowledge," the ministry stated.
Up until a year ago, women in Poland may have abortions in three circumstances:
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