Proceedings of the 22nd meeting of the National Council of the Slovak Republic. Bratislava, 13 January 2021.
MP Martin Čepček (OĽANO) again submitted to the National Council (NR) of the Slovak Republic a draft amendment that would limit access to abortion. He made a similar proposal last summer. The head of the club, Michal Šipoš, told TASR that Čepček had not informed him of his intention in advance and that the coalition council had not been informed.
The deadline for submitting bills to the next sitting was 8 January. Since Čepček submitted his proposal a few days ago, the parliament should deal with it only at the March part-session.
The members of the OĽANO club should talk about Čepček’s proposal during the meeting. “We will ask him on the basis of what he acted, what reason he had to submit such a proposal at this time,” Šipoš told TASR. He added that when the club was discussing draft laws, Čepček did not mention any of his initiatives. “The coalition council was not informed about it,” he added. According to Šipoš, it is premature to talk about Čepček’s invitation to leave the club.
In the amendment to the Act on Abortion, the deputy proposes to supplement the right to information and the prohibition of coercion against the mother. Abortion could only take place if it is not possible to save the mother’s life otherwise, if permanent and serious damage to the mother’s health cannot be prevented otherwise, if the unborn child is diagnosed with serious damage to health and the duration of pregnancy does not exceed 24 weeks. pregnancy as a result of the crime against the mother and the duration of pregnancy does not exceed 12 weeks. According to the proposal, the reasons for undergoing an abortion would have to be confirmed by the medical reports of at least two gynecologists.
Čepček submitted a similar proposal last year. At that time, it was not dealt with by the parliament, because six months had not elapsed since the draft legislation from the LNS workshop, which was submitted in the same case. The Rules of Procedure of the National Council of the Slovak Republic state that a period of six months must elapse between the submission of the same proposals.
The coalition agreement states that the approval of coalition councils is not required for the submission of laws to increase the protection of life by coalition deputies, but it is to be discussed in advance.
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