Abortion issue splits coalition

THE RULING coalition is divided over the issue of abortion, with the conservative Christian Democrats (KDH) calling for tighter controls and the more liberal New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) arguing for the status quo. Currently abortions are allowed up to the 12th week of pregnancy, and up to the 24th week for health-risk 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 the KDH would continue in government, it would no longer "take the coalition viewpoint" and would vote with the opposition where it saw fit.

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News digest: Health care staff still lacking, president asks for amends

Slovakia is preparing to launch the nationwide testing on Saturday morning, but the government admitted they still need hundreds of health care staff. Kotleba violates quarantine and hospitals in the north are full.

The Bratislava Self-Governing Region started testing its staff on October 30.

Testing is impossible to carry out as planned, president says

President Zuzana Čaputová asked the government to reconsider measures for people who do not get tested, many will not get a chance.

President Zuzana Čaputová met with the representatives of the armed forces.

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?

For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.

Health care professionals still lacking ahead of Saturday's testing

Government avoids mobilisation for now, PM offers an extra bonus to health care professionals who can serve the whole weekend.

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