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WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Polish protesters on Monday paid tribute to a woman who participated in the 22nd

People lit candles on All Saints’ Day, a religious holiday when Poles visit cemeteries and mourn the dead. They placed the candles in front of the Constitutional Court in Warsaw, which passed a ruling last year that tightened one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe.

Women’s Strike, a group fighting for reproductive rights, called for protests in Warsaw and Krakow.

Poland, a predominantly Catholic country, passed a strict law in 1993 banning abortion with the exception of three cases: when the pregnancy was due to rape or incest; if the life or health of the woman is at risk; or if the fetus had congenital malformations. But the Constitutional Court, under the influence of Poland’s conservative ruling party, ruled last year that abortions for congenital defects were unconstitutional.

A lawyer specializing in medical malpractice, Jolanta Budzowska, wrote on social media on Friday about the death of the woman whose fetus did not have amniotic fluid. She said the doctors waited for the fetus to die and after that the woman died of septic shock. Budzowska called the death the consequence of the judgment of the Constitutional Court.

She and her family issued a statement Monday with further details, saying the woman was 30 years old, died on September 22nd in a hospital in Pszczyna, southern Poland, and left a husband and daughter.

They said the woman told family and friends in hospital news that doctors are adopting a “wait and see” attitude and will not terminate the pregnancy immediately due to restrictions on legal abortions.

The lawyer and family said the Katowice prosecutor was investigating the case.

Jerzy Kwasniewski, president of Ordo Iuris, an ultra-conservative Catholic group that campaigned for abortion restrictions, warned against jumping to conclusions until investigations are underway.

In theory, the woman could have terminated the pregnancy if her life was in danger. However, reproductive rights activists argue that restrictive abortion laws make doctors fearful of abortion even in legal cases.

“When the laws are very repressive and contain sanctions for doctors, they tend to interpret the law even stricter than the legal text to avoid personal risk,” said Irene Donadio of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

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