Foreign media comment on the protests that took place on Saturday over the death of a pregnant woman in a hospital in Pszczyna. Reuters writes of “reheating the public debate” about abortion law “in one of the most Catholic countries in Europe. “Deutsche Welle” adds that protests against restrictive Polish regulations “shook Warsaw and other cities on Saturday.”
On Saturday, protests were held in dozens of Polish cities after the death of a pregnant 30-year-old Iza. The woman died in a hospital in Pszczyna after doctors had to wait for the fetus to die. This case was described on October 29 by legal counsel Jolanta Budzowska, representative of the deceased family. She wrote that it was a consequence of last year’s judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal, chaired by Julia Przyłębska, which tightened the abortion law. The prosecutor’s office deals with the case.
Deutsche Welle: protests shook Warsaw and other cities
Foreign media write about Saturday’s protests. The German website “Deutsche Welle” writes about “the outbreak of protests in Poland against the abortion law” after the death of a pregnant woman.
“Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets after the death of a 30-year-old pregnant woman. Activists say she lost her life because of the almost total ban on abortion in Poland,” we read.
“DW” adds that protests against “restrictive” Polish abortion laws “shook Warsaw and other cities in the country on Saturday.”
Washington Post on “restrictive abortion law”
The Washington Post also mentions the protests. He writes that “Poles protested to condemn the restrictive abortion law, which they claim led to the death of a young pregnant mother.”
He reports that the Warsaw protest under the slogan “Not one more” began in front of the building of the Constitutional Tribunal, which tightened the abortion law last year. He points out that politicians also participated in it, including the leader of the Civic Platform, former president of the European Council, Donald Tusk.
Reuters: Reheating Public Debate
Reuters writes that on Saturday thousands of people gathered in cities across Poland “to protest against strict abortion laws.” She adds that the death of a patient from a hospital in Pszczyna “has reheated the public debate on this topic in one of the most Catholic countries in Europe.”
Judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal
The provisions of the abortion law were changed as a result of the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal of October 22 last year. Previously, the Act on Family Planning, Protection of the Human Fetus and Conditions for Permitting Termination of Pregnancy, in force since 1993, abortion compromise, allowed for abortion in three cases: when pregnancy poses a threat to a woman’s life or health, when pregnancy resulted from a prohibited act (rape, incest) and in the case of severe and irreversible impairment of the fetus or an incurable disease that threatens its life .
The October 22 verdict sparked a wave of protests across the country. It was published on January 27 this year.
Reuters, Deutsche Welle, Washington Post
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