President and Ombudswoman share same view on abortions

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President and Ombudswoman share same view on abortions

14. 08. 2019 14:01

The legislation on abortions is sufficient and the area of prevention should be improved, said Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová on Tuesday after her meeting with Ombudswoman Mária Patakyová. Patakyová added that women's support should not be implemented through orders and bans. "I consider abortion in one sense a tragic act. Such a decision by any woman, if she has faced it, wasn't easy," said the president adding that she does not see a solution in tightening or amending legislation. On the other hand, the ombudswoman referred to experts' warnings. According to her, they do not currently consider it necessary to address these sensitive ethical-moral issues prior to the parliamentary election slated to be held in 2020.

A specific draft amendment to the Abortion Act is being prepared by the governing Smer-SD and the Slovak National Party (SNS). It should be discussed in the coalition with Most-Híd which does not support such an initiative. Opposition views differ. Nevertheless, Prime Minister and Smer-SD Vice-chair Peter Pellegrini believes that his party will not continue in the issue of the legal regulation of abortions and will not even try to push for changes.

Mojmir Prochazka, Photo: TASR

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