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Slovak Constitutional Court Rejects Attempt to Outlaw Abortion


Slovak Constitutional Court Rejects Attempt to Outlaw Abortion

On December 4, the Slovak Constitutional Court rebuffed an attempt by conservative politicians to outlaw abortion. Members of the Christian Democratic party had challenged the country’s abortion law, which allows the procedure upon request during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, on the grounds that it violates the right to life of fetuses. The Center submitted a friend of the court brief in the case, arguing that giving rights to fetuses would allow legal claims that undermined women’s fundamental rights to equality, health, life, and privacy. The Center had made a similar argument in 2003 at the European Court of Human Rights in another case involving fetal rights, Vo v. France. In that case, the court declined to give a fetus the legal rights of a born person. The Slovak case is the first in which a national-level high court has applied the Vo v. France ruling.


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