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Churches in the preelection presidential campaign

  • 2 February 2019

The Slovak parliament discussed a proposal to tighten the legislation related to abortions. This proposal was submitted by members of the parliament representing Kotleba – Ľudová strana Naše Slovensko (ĽSNS, Kotleba – People’s Party Our Slovakia), an extreme right-wing party, and Richard Vašečka as non-party affiliated deputy. Vašečka argued the need to gradually diminish the number of abortions and proposed to render unlawful abortions performed ‘without serious reasons’. Similarly to Vašečka, members of ĽSNS also proposed to restrict abortions. However, the latter withdrew the proposal. At a gathering held to demonstrate support of the motion, Stanislav Zvolenský, the president of the CBS (Conference of Bishops of Slovakia), offered a speech.

The motion was finally rejected, since it was supported only by 46 out of 122 present members of the parliament. 31 members voted against the motion and 40 abstained from voting. No member of SaS voted for the motion. 16 votes separated the motion from getting into second reading. Marian Kotleba, the chairman of ĽSNS, withdrew his motion.

Antion Ziolkovský, Secretary of the Conference of Bishops, thanked Kotleba (ĽSNS), the presidential candidate and the chairman of the extreme right-wing party, for opening in the parliament the issue of an actual ban on abortion. He also thanked R. Fico, chairman of SMER, and A. Danko, chairmain of the Slovak National Party (SNP) and the National Council of the Slovak Republic, for allowing their members to support the motion.

5 April 2019