Monday 28 September 2009

Slovakia also standing up for life at UN Human Rights Council

More from Pat Buckley, who has this week been representing SPUC at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. As well as Malta, Slovakia is standing up for life. Pat has just sent me the following report:
"The United Nations Human Rights Council reviews periodically the situation on human rights in UN member-states. The council has just released the report of its review of Slovakia. In the review process, one of the recommendations made by the Holy See calls on Slovakia to 'defend the right to life, based on article 15 of the Constitution'. The Slovakian response to this is:

'Article 15(1) of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic clearly states that everyone has the right to life and that human life is worth protecting even before birth. In the spirit of these principles, the amendment to the act on healthcare of September 2009 contains details on mandatory instructions given to women preceding the written informed consent of the woman, as a precondition for carrying out abortions and introduces the obligation to advise on other alternatives. The law also provides women who want to give up their newborn child with the possibility of anonymous birth, as well as the possibility to place a newborn in a publicly accessible incubator- a so-called baby hatch.'"
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