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Polish activists condemn abortion law after another pregnant woman dies

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Rights activists have criticized new abortion restrictions in Poland after the death of another pregnant woman.

The family of a 37-year-old woman, known as Agnieszka T., say she died of sepsis, linked to fetal disease.

Agnieszka T. arrived at the hospital with stomach pains while pregnant with twins, according to her family. One of her fetuses died on December 23, but doctors had been waiting to see if they could save the second fetus, they added.

“The extraction of the dead fetus was not allowed as Polish law strictly prohibits it,” they wrote on Facebook.

“[Doctors] expected the other twin’s vitals to stabilize on their own [for eight days]”.

The second fetus died on December 31 following a “miscarriage”, while Agnieszka T. remained in hospital in Czestochowa until her death on Tuesday.

Polish judicial authorities said they were investigating the woman’s death and whether medical staff had exposed her to unnecessary risk.

controversial Poland amended its abortion laws last year, sparking many protests.

The country’s Constitutional Court had ruled that abortions for fetal diseases were “unconstitutional”, on top of already restrictive legislation.

All abortions are now prohibited in Poland, except in cases of rape and incest or when the life or health of the mother is considered to be in danger.

Poland’s conservative government says the ban is necessary to prevent what it calls “eugenic abortions”. But campaigners say the new law forces women into unwanted pregnancies.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the World Organization Against Torture and several other NGOs issued a joint statement on Wednesday condemning the law.

The law “has had a devastating impact on women’s lives”, the NGOs said.

“The decision has increased the extreme barriers faced by women seeking access to abortion and has had tragic consequences for many of them and their families.”

Last year, thousands of Poles demonstrated when a A 30-year-old woman also died of sepsis after the death of her fetus.

On Wednesday, Polish opposition and women’s rights activists demonstrated again outside the Constitutional Court in Warsaw.

According to NGOs, more than 1,000 Polish women have already turned to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge the almost total ban on abortion.

Even before the law was tightened, an estimated 200,000 women terminated their pregnancies illegally or abroad, while fewer than 2,000 legal abortions were performed each year in Poland.

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