EU court rules on Polish abortion limits

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-03-2007
EU court rules on Polish abortion limits
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Tue, 10-02-2007 - 7:30pm

"The European Court of Human Rights today confirmed Poland will have to pay compensation to a woman who nearly went blind after being denied an abortion under strict Polish laws."

"The verdict in March enraged the conservative government of Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski. The ruling coalition has been pushing for a total ban on abortion in the predominantly Roman Catholic country, which already has one of the strictest abortion laws in the European Union."

http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2007/0925/breaking39.htm

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-15-2006
Wed, 10-03-2007 - 11:15am

"Polish law allows a pregnancy to be terminated only when it threatens the life or health of the mother, when the baby is likely to be permanently handicapped or when it originates from rape. Polish law allows a pregnancy to be terminated only when it threatens the life or health of the mother, when the baby is likely to be permanently handicapped or when it originates from rape. "


If this is the case, then why was she denied an abortion in the first place?


"Ms Tysiac, who is bringing up three children alone, suffers from an eye disease and cannot see objects more than 1.50 metres away. She receives a monthly disability pension equivalent to €140.


Ms Tysiac became pregnant in 2000. Three doctors told her she could go blind if she gave birth to her third child, but they refused to write her a certificate that would authorise an abortion. "


This is very sad.

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