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Volume 14
No. 6
September, 2020

COE Commissioner--Slovak Lawmakers Should Reject Pro-Life Bill

The National Council of the Slovak Republic will soon vote on legislation to enact pro-life protections to the country’s abortion law which dates to communist rule in the 1950’s and allows abortion on demand for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The Draft Law which Amends and Supplements Act No. 576/2004 Coll. of Laws on Healthcare, Healthcare-related Services contains amendments proposed by a coalition of MPs led by Anna Zaborska, president of the Christian Union (KÚ) and member of the OĽaNO party.
The legislation includes enacting reasonable measures to help to reduce the number of abortions such as extended waiting periods so a woman considering abortion can reflect on the information she is provided about abortion. It would require that she be given information on the economic, social, and psychological help she can obtain from the state or NGOs. If enacted, it would increase financial assistance to parents of children born with a disability and to all children at birth, not just the first three born to a family as is now the case. It would also prohibit advertising for abortion. 
Anna Záborská said that she is encouraged that the amendment’s chances are good, with the parliament having the highest number of conservative members it ever has. She also said they have the support of Prime Minister Matovič, who she said is “in favor of protecting life at every stage.” The amendments passed a second reading in parliament this summer and are expected to be voted on this week.
The legislation is being opposed by pro-abortion organizations and activists including by the Council of Europe’s (COE) Commissioner on Human Rights Dunja Mijatović who issued a letter to Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic and to the Chairpersons of the Committees on Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Health Care and Social Affairs voicing opposition to the proposed pro-life legislation.
According to COE, Ms. Mijatović raises concerns about a draft law “which would introduce restrictions on access to safe and legal abortion services.”
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In this Issue

Focus on the US
Biden's “Build Back Better”—Deadly for Unborn Babies
Candidates and Parties—Polarized on Abortion as Never Before 
President Reaffirms Pro-Life Commitment
What Pro-Abortion Organizations Expect from a Biden Administration
President Trump—Saving Lives Before and After Birth
Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Expansion
Pro-Life Leaders Thank President Trump
Funding withheld for Fetal Tissue Research
International Organizations
US Pushes Back on UN Criticism of State Pro-Life Laws
UN Secretary General Assures NGOs of Abortion Support
COE Commissioner--Slovak Lawmakers Should Reject Pro-Life Bill
Legislative News
Kenya: Pro-Lifers Put Hold on Abortion Bill
France: Parliament Approves Allowing Abortion on Demand Up To Birth
Czech Republic: Government Again Rejects Euthanasia
Executive News
Italy: Health Minister Approves DIY Abortion Drug
Argentina: Bill to Legalize Abortion Delayed until 2021
South Korea: Ministry Drafting Recommendations to Legalize Abortion
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