When pregnant women in Poland
decide to have an abortion, they take a common but highly secretive
step. "I found some phone numbers in the newspaper; I called around,"
explains a young blonde woman named Jola. The doctors are listed
anonymously in the classifieds section offering to "induce menstruation"
or provide "full service." Everybody understands.
"You cannot use the words 'abortion' or 'termination'; rather, 'I am pregnant – can you help me?' Something like that," she says, speaking of her illegal abortion in the 2009 Polish documentary, "Underground Women's State." None of the seven women interviewed give their full name and all are well disguised.
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