Z vs. Poland Case Study

Resource Type: Array GDC Resources, Trainings

This advocacy case study describes a real-life case in Poland in which a pregnant woman with ulcerative colitis died as a result of being denied access to comprehensive medical care because her doctors were afraid of harming the fetus she was carrying. The case study provides background on the history and reproductive health indicators of Poland, the main stakeholders involved in reproductive health in the country, and the details of the lawsuit brought before the European Court of Human Rights in 2008. Participants are invited to perform an analysis on the advocacy strategy used in this case by the key stakeholders and to develop their own strategies for persuading the Court based on the information provided.

There are interviews with key members of the advocacy campaign: Christina Zampas, a lawyer from the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Joanna Mishtal, a medical anthropologist.

Advocating for access to safe reproductive health care.