Abortion issue splits coalition

The ruling coalition is divided over the issue of abortion with the conservative Christian Democrats calling for tighter controls and more liberal New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) arguing for the status quo. Currently abortions are allowed up to the 12th week, and up to the 24th week for genetic reasons only.

ANO joined the opposition in rejecting the bill's second reading.

KDH MP František Mikloško said that ANO's action had invalidated the coalition agreement, and although KDH would continue in the government, it would no longer "take the coalition viewpoint" and would also vote with the opposition where it saw fit.

Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
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