European Court of Human Rights Rejects Polands Appeal in Landmark Abortion Decision.
The European Court of Human Rights announced on September 25, 2007 that they will not review their earlier judgment in the case of Tysiąc v. Poland, despite a request to do so by the Polish government. In their March 2007 decision, the Court held for the first time that governments have a duty to establish effective mechanisms to ensure womens access to abortion where it is legal. The case centered on the tragic story of Alicja Tysiąc, a Polish woman who is nearly blind because she was forced to continue a pregnancy that threatened her health. font>