Abortion Row: First Major Crisis

August 2003
Emerging Europe Monitor: Central Europe;Aug2003, Vol. 10 Issue 8, p1
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The ruling four-party coalition of Slovakia in June 2003 stumbled into its first major crisis since the September 2002 elections, after two of its smaller members, the liberal New Civic Alliance (ANO) and the Christian Democrat Movement (KDH), squared up over a draft law on abortion. With the conservative KDH vehemently opposed to the bill, and the leading Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKU) of Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda and the Party of the Hungarian Coalition (SMK) also refusing to support it, the ANO in early July secured a simple parliamentary majority for its bill with the assistance of the opposition. While the issue has inflamed passions, it has not, so far at least, escalated to the extent where either ANO or the KDH has threatened to leave the coalition over it, although the KDH has called for the ANO to be expelled should the bill become law.


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