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November-26-08

Czech Republic Proposes Bill to Extend Abortion Serves to EU Citizens

A new bill was just approved unanimously by the Czech Republic cabinet that would extend abortion privileges and other health services to all European Union (EU) citizens.

The bill is being met with strong resistance by deputies of the Christian Democratic Union (KDU-CSL), a junior governing party, who have concerns the Czech Republic will become an "abortion tourism destination" for EU citizens. Christian Democratic Union ministers in the cabinet, who approved the bill, are strongly being pressured to withdraw the bill before it is submitted to parliament by deputy party members.

According to the CeskeNoviny.cz, EU rules state that all participating members states should provide the same services and care to all EU citizens that local citizen receives. Christian Democratic Union spokesman, Martin Horalek, stated that deputies of the Union are ready to "counter the EU's same-care principle, even at the cost of a lawsuit and a fine Prague would probably face as a consequence."

Media Resources: Prague Daily Monitor 11/26/2008; CeskeNoviny.cz 11/26/2008


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