LSNS Wants MPs to Support Bill on Tightening Abortion Policy

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Far-right LSNS party head Marian Kotleba (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, May 16 (TASR) – The far-right LSNS party is calling on all legislators in Parliament to support its draft amendment to the law on the artificial termination of pregnancies, aimed at strengthening abortion policy in Slovakia, LSNS vice-chair Milan Uhrik stated at a press conference on Wednesday.

The amendment, banning so-called arbitrary and unjustified abortions, should be discussed as early as at the ongoing parliamentary session.

LSNS head Marian Kotleba said that he’s approached the leaders of both coalition and Opposition parties in order to discuss jointly possible support for the bill. Kotleba added that LSNS expects an open and constructive discourse in this regard. “It would be a key thing for Slovakia,” he said, adding that the adoption of the amendment could reduce the number of abortions in the country by 80 percent.

When asked why LSNS has come up with this issue at a time when the number of abortions has been falling, Kotleba said that his partly has been advocating Christian, social and national principles from the outset. “More stringent abortion policy is in line with our party’s values. In addition, statistics recorded drops in the number of abortions until 2015, but since then the number has been increasing,” he added.

The party in its amendment wants abortions to be allowed only in three cases – if the mother’s life is at risk, if the woman becomes pregnant after being raped, and if the foetus is genetically defective. In addition, LSNS wants a current regulation according to which abortions are allowed until week 12 of pregnancy to be scrapped.