Conservative Push-Back in Slovakia on Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Attempts to Limit Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

10 June 2021

Since 2018, there there have been 18 legislative proposals in the Slovak Parliament aimed at limiting access to safe and legal abortion in Slovakia. Many MPs who present these legislative proposals, including those from the ruling coalition, base their support on a conservative-oriented electorate, which includes individuals of Christian religious orientation or pro-life non-governmental organisations. Human rights activists in Slovakia are looking at Poland for possible scenarios.

When Zuzana Čaputová, a progressive female politician, was elected as President of Slovakia in 2019, international media dubbed her victory a rare success for liberal forces in Central Europe.

Three years, three governments and one parliamentary election later, Bratislava is neither Budapest nor Warsaw, but the ‘liberal’ label has largely peeled off.

The sheer frequency of the attempts to limit women’s sexual and reproductive rights following the Polish example in the parliament is a case in point.

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Michaela Terenzani

Michaela Terenzani is a writer and the Editor-in-Chief of The Slovak Spectator, Slovakia’s English language newspaper.

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