Hungary’s government has tightened its abortion rules which will make the process of pursuing a termination more bureaucratic for pregnant women.
Reports say from Thursday this week pregnant women will have to listen to the feotus’s heartbeat before having an abortion as doctors will have to submit a report confirming that this has been done.
Hungary’s nationalist government recently blamed increased rates of women in higher education for lower birth rates and a shrinking economy.
Amnesty International said the amended decree would make it harder to access legal and safe abortion.
It would be recalled that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has long sought to boost Hungary’s flagging birth rate and his right-wing government prides itself in standing for traditional family values.