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Renata Uitz on the Hungarian Abortion Law

It is hardly a coincidence that the Hungarian government introduced a new requirement: women seeking abortion will be obliged to listen to the “fetal heartbeat,” our Co-Director Renata Uitz writes in her op-ed in Hungarian weekly Magyar Narancs.

“Beyond the excellent political timing, the requirement will be an excellent test run in both Hungarian and European political and human rights circles,” she continues.

As she argues, the required ultrasound test does not protect the health of the pregnant woman or the fetus, nor serves as preparation for the medical procedure. Its main aim is to put psychical pressure on women: it is emotional blackmail exercised with state means.

A total ban on abortion is probably not compatible with European human rights standards. However, a Member State will be in compliance with European requirements as long as it applies the restrictions, however strict, in a predictable and non-discriminatory way, she writes, adding that it is another small step in the process in which the illiberal Christian democracy buries even the smallest circles of freedoms, “and it has become so natural by today that the lack of freedom is perhaps no longer noticeable..”

Read the full article (in Hungarian, subscription may be required) here.

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