Poland Woman Goes to European Union Court to Protest Rejected Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 7, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 7, 2006

Strasbourg, France (LifeNews.com) — A Polish woman is heading to a European Union human rights court to protest being denied an abortion in 2000. She claims that giving birth damaged her eyesight and she is now unable to take care of her three children.

Alicja Tysiac, who is now 35, went to doctors when she found out in February 2000 that she was pregnant a third time. Three ophthalmologists alleged that carrying the pregnancy to term would damage her eyesight but they refused to sign off on a paper needed to approve an abortion for health reasons.

Tysiac also consulted with a gynecologist who told her there was no medical reason to have an abortion.

After having a Cesarean section in November 2000, Tysiac claims her eyesight deteriorated considerably due to a retinal hemorrhage, according to a Reuters report.

A single parents, she says she now can’t take care of her children and can’t see objects further than 12 feet away. Reuters reports she now receives $167 a month on disability pay from the government.

Tysiac filed a complaint against the gynecologist but an attorney dropped out of the case because there was no link between the doctor’s advise and the woman’s eye condition.

Now, Tysiac is taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights, which can’t change Poland’s abortion law but could rule her rights were violated.

Anna Wilkowska-Landowska, her lawyer, told Reuters, "Poland did not protect Alicja Tysiac’s health when she was at her most vulnerable." She said Tysiac’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights were violated.

Abortions are legal in Poland only in the rare cases of rape, incest, the pregnancy threatens the woman’s life or there is a chance the baby will be severely deformed.