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Partially sighted woman takes Polish government to international court over denial of abortion

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:382
  1. Bojan Pancevski
  1. Warsaw

    A Polish woman who was left partially blind after doctors refused to terminate a pregnancy that eye experts had said might worsen her eyesight has taken her case to the European Court of Human Rights.

    Alicja Tysiac, a single mother aged 35 from Warsaw, claims that her human rights were violated when she was denied the right to an abortion despite the obvious risks to her health of continuing her pregnancy.

    Her troubles began after she became pregnant for the third time in March 2000. Ms Tysiac, who has severe myopia, was told by three specialist ophthalmologists that her eyesight would be at serious risk from the pregnancy.

    But abortion laws in Poland are among the most restrictive in Europe, …

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