(AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) — PRENZLAU, Germany - A 35-year-old woman rests on her hospital bed in Germany after an abortion. Her staunchly Catholic country, Poland, has one of Europe's most restrictive termination laws, so she and her partner drove just over the border.
"We told no one. Because I know it's forbidden, because I was afraid, even of people's reactions," said the mother-of-one who wished to remain anonymous.
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Now Poland is mulling a near-total ban, even as tens of thousands of women opt for sometimes risky illegal abortions or, if they can afford it, travel to foreign hospitals like this one in the town of Prenzlau.