Poles march against abortion ban after pregnant woman’s death

Protesters link woman’s death by septic shock to new restrictions on ending unviable pregnancies

Protesters turned out in Warsaw and many other Polish cities on Saturday to decry the country’s restrictive abortion law, which they say has led to the death of a young mother with pregnancy who had medical problems.

The protesters held portraits of the woman, 30-year-old Iza, who died from septic shock in hospital in Pszczyna, southern Poland, in September. Her death had just been publicised in the last week. Doctors at the hospital held off terminating her 22-week pregnancy despite the fact that her foetus lacked enough amniotic fluid to survive, her family and a lawyer say.

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