Pro-life group demands hospital fires a gynecologist

Záhumenský gave his expert statement on an abortion-related law proposed by SNS MPs, provoking two opposing petitions.

Gynaecologist Jozef Záhumenský sits in with Sme daily presenter Zuzana Hanzelová, on October 31, to talk about the Slovak National Party's measures to dissuade women from abortionGynaecologist Jozef Záhumenský sits in with Sme daily presenter Zuzana Hanzelová, on October 31, to talk about the Slovak National Party's measures to dissuade women from abortion (Source: Sme)

Two petitions concerning gynaecologist Jozef Záhumenský, which pursue completely different goals were launched in early November.

One, initiated by the Alliance for Family, is calling for his removal from a leading post at the gynaecology clinic of the Ružinov hospital due to his statements concerning a proposal drafted by the Slovak National Party (SNS) which, among other things, proposes to let women listen to the heartbeat of the foetus before they decide for the abortion.

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The other was launched as a reaction to the first petition, and calls for supporting Záhumenský.

“Listening to the foetus’ heartbeat by doppler ultrasound in the first trimester is not recommended by professional associations as it exceeds safety limits,” Záhumenský told the Denník N daily in late September.

He later repeated the statement in an online interview with the Sme daily.

The declaration outraged the conservative Alliance for Family, which supports any effort to stop abortions. It thus launched a petition ,which has so far been signed by over 5,000 people.

The second petition has been signed by more than 20,000 though.

Experts stand by Záhumenský

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Among those supporting Záhumenský is Comenius University in Bratislava, where he teaches.

“A doctor’s expert opinions cannot be the subject of any ideologically motivated petitions,” the university said, as quoted by Denník N.

The university does not see any reason to question Záhumenský’s qualification. Nor does the Ružinov hospital.

“The statement made by Záhumenský is based on actual studies and in his claims, he relies on recommendations made by the World Ultrasound Society,” the hospital’s spokesperson Eva Kliská told Denník N.

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