Poland protests – level 2

20-06-2023 07:00

In Poland, a pregnant woman named Dorota died because doctors didn’t allow her to end her pregnancy.

Poland has strict anti-abortion laws, which led to big protests in recent years. Last week, thousands of people protested after Dorota’s death.  Activists said that several pregnant women died due to the abortion restrictions. Dorota died of septic shock when her water broke in the 20th week of pregnancy. Her husband said that doctors didn’t tell them it was possible to end the pregnancy. Another woman, Izabela, also died from septic shock in the 22nd week of pregnancy.

Doctors in Poland don’t want to perform abortions, even in cases where it is necessary for the woman’s health. Over 70% of Poles think that the strict law is dangerous for women’s lives and health.

Difficult words: abortion (ending a woman’s pregnancy), restriction (an official limit or control on what people can do), septic shock (a dangerous condition which an infection causes).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What actions have been taken by activists in response to the recent tragic deaths of pregnant women in Poland?


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