Polish abortion ban spotlights overlooked hospices
03 April 2021 | 2:24 pm
In the wake of Poland's near-total ban on abortions, the need for support for pregnant women with severe foetal defects is greater than ever but few know there are specialised clinics they can turn to for help. Run by an NGO, a perinatal hospice in Warsaw offers counselling, medical tests and classes on parenting a sick child, helping more than 400 women every year.
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