Malgorzata (34) in a doctor's office in Bielanski Hospital soon after taking the first dose of the medication starting the termination of her pregnancy. Her foetus had multiple heart and brain malformations. The diagnosis was confirmed immediately after the Polish constitutional ban on abortion procedures in cases of foetal malformations. Before finding help in Warsaw, Malgorzata was refused any treatment in two hospitals in two different cities in Poland.

Poland has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, allowing the procedure only in cases of rape, incest or when a woman's life or health is in danger, and in cases of irremediable and severe foetal malformation. On the 22 October 2020, the strongly politicised Constitutional Court gave its verdict to restrict abortion access, making it impossible to terminate in cases of foetal malformation. In 2019 represented over 96% of all abortions legally performed in the country were carried out due to foetal malformation. Even though the law has not changed yet, most hospitals already stopped performing the procedure in the weeks that followed the verdict. Consequently, women had to search for solutions on their own or travel around the country to the few hospitals that continued abortion services in cases of foetal malformation.

This photo was posed after an interview. To protect the patient's identity and well-being, her name was changed and her face was not shown.

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