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Eastern Europe's Conservative Crackdown on Reproductive Freedom

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Across Eastern and Central Europe, as unemployment surges and the European Union dithers, nationalist conservative and far right parties are on the march. Emboldened right-wing leaders are resurrecting debates around abortion and other reproductive->


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Kit B (276)
Saturday February 18, 2012, 2:23 pm

Across Eastern and Central Europe, as unemployment surges and the European Union dithers, nationalist conservative and far right parties are on the march. Emboldened right-wing leaders are resurrecting debates around abortion and other reproductive services, even in countries like Hungary, one of the first European countries to explicitly legalize abortion.

“There is a very strong pronatalist [anti-choice] current in Central and Eastern Europe and that goes along with nationalist tendencies in many of these countries,” says Johanna Westeson, the European regional director for the Center for Reproductive Rights. “One of the things that is very visible is the so-called demography argument. Birthrates are very low in Central and Eastern Europe and in an attempt to increase birthrates women’s reproductive rights are being [restricted].”

In some corners of the region, socially conservative policies quickly emerged after the collapse of Communism. Poland’s intense Catholicism—89.8 percent of Poles are Catholic, with about 75 percent practicing—resulted in one of the continent’s harshest abortion laws and most limited access to contraceptives (this did not improve Poland’s birth rate, which lags far behind countries with liberal reproductive rights laws, like the United Kingdom and the Scandinavian nations). In most other nations, including Hungary, abortion laws remained within European norms.

Then, in 2010, Hungary’s right-wing nationalist Fidesz party swept to victory and quickly acted to entrench their position. The conservative government infringed upon the independence of the judiciary, the central bank, the media, election boards, and installed party loyalists in institutions ranging from courts to opera houses. In March 2011, Fidesz and its Christian Democratic allies presented a new constitution, with no input from opposition parties.
by: Jake Blumgart, Toward Freedom | Report | Truthout

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Craig Pittman (52)
Monday February 20, 2012, 5:23 am
This is another very good reason why people around the world are saying, "enough" of governments infringing on people's rights.
Thanks for bringing this story forward Kit.

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Monday February 20, 2012, 5:54 am

. (0)
Monday February 20, 2012, 7:32 am
Noted, thank you.

JL A (281)
Monday February 20, 2012, 7:46 am
Such initiatives are so scary because they defy logic as policy.

Kit B (276)
Monday February 20, 2012, 11:24 am

Actually, I ran this article with others about US policies. The extreme conservatives are attempting a take over, not just in the US. We see this, historically in times of financial crisis and many rather then work together to resolve problems and find lasting answers; willing turn it over to the government. The last place to turn for human answers to human problems is any government.

Yvonne White (229)
Monday February 20, 2012, 2:06 pm
I don't understand Why these CONservatives would Want thousands MORE mouths to feed, especially when the ones already open are not getting enough to eat!:(
I would Think they'd recall two or three Revolutions that resulted from Oppression & Hunger!

Robert B (55)
Monday February 20, 2012, 3:44 pm
Sounds like the teabaggers have opened branches in Europe.

Yvonne White (229)
Monday February 20, 2012, 8:17 pm
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Past Member (0)
Monday February 20, 2012, 9:39 pm
To f or not to f that is the question.

Susanne R (236)
Monday February 20, 2012, 10:02 pm
Has the whole world gone mad? According to Wikipedia, "During Joseph Stalin's rule, the trend toward strengthening the family continued. In 1936 the government began to award payments to women with large families, banned abortions, and made divorces more difficult to obtain. In 1942 it subjected single persons and childless married persons to additional taxes. In 1944 only registered marriages were recognized to be legal, and divorce became subject to the court's discretion. In the same year, the government began to award medals to women who gave birth to five or more children and took upon itself the support of illegitimate children.[1]"

Who would have thought that the policies of Joseph Stalin would be embraced by the Republican party? At least Stalin had the good sense to willingly support illegitimate children. And what about the women bearing all those children? They were nothing more than broodmares with a medal of gratitude. Women need to become more vocal about their reproductive rights, and they need to vote against any politician who would make such decisions on their behalf without their input and consent.

Thanks for posting this very thought-provoking article, Kit!

Penelope P (222)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 3:28 am
Interesting-When the world is already consuming the equivelent of theproduction of three planets and global warming is intensely effecting us all ,to find that people are boosting local economies by raising the birth rate even in themidst of food shortages which insure one in six people on the planet is starving

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 6:59 am
Seems as though they are taking a page from our Right-wing nuts over here.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 7:09 am
Susanne R. portion of her comment below:

"Who would have thought that the policies of Joseph Stalin would be embraced by the Republican party?"

My comment: And they are so worried about Obama being a Socialist? (and he is far from it)

I agree Susane, the whole world seems to have gone mad, racing quickly to another Dark Ages.

Sandi C (91)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 8:05 am

Sue Matheson (79)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 9:09 am

Kathy Javens (104)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 2:42 pm
We, as a people, here and over the globe have said...ENOUGH!!1 Now when will these blithering idiots who supposedly represent us get their noses out of our VERY PRIVATE AFFAIRS???? OUR BODIES OUR CHOICE!!!!!!!!!

Eternal G (734)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 4:02 pm
What is the grand masterplan behind this idiocy? I find it all quite illogical!

Vallee R (280)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 2:48 pm
I am with Eternal Gardener - trying to think what to write - distraction from the world falling apart, messing with religions and freedom.... all things to distract us ultimately.
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