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Parliament passes amendment on abortions to second reading

A change to the Abortion Act drafted by Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) MP Ľudmila Mušková and Slovak National Party (SNS) MP Štefan Zelník, was passed to its second reading in Parliament on Tuesday, April 21.

A change to the Abortion Act drafted by Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) MP Ľudmila Mušková and Slovak National Party (SNS) MP Štefan Zelník, was passed to its second reading in Parliament on Tuesday, April 21.

They propose to introduce a three-day period that will provide a woman some time to decide freely about an abortion, after having been given professional advice, the TASR newswire wrote. “Without doubt, it is possible to claim that these important decisions will be more qualified and freer if they allow a certain time for reflection … especially in cases where women are provided new information,” reads the proposal.

According to Mušková, the amendment extends the qualified instructions provided by the doctor, whose aim is to offer a woman in a difficult life situation an alternative to abortion. “A woman has a right to choose from more alternatives and shouldn’t find herself in a situation of feeling that she doesn’t have her life in her hands and that there is no other solution [than abortion]," Mušková said in parliament, in support of the proposal. She said that the new measure is intended to offer information in favour of the unborn baby's life.

Daniel Lipšic, a Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) MP, has submitted a similar proposal, but withdrew it after parliament passed the Mušková-Zelník amendment to its second reading. Lipšic said it doesn’t matter whether an opposition or a coalition proposal is passed providing they have the same objective.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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