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Hungary tightens abortion rules

Hungary tightens abortion rules

The Hungarian government has issued a decree requiring doctors to tell women who want to have an abortion the vital signs of the fetus. This obligation represents a tightening of relatively liberal abortion rules in Hungary. This rule goes into effect on September 15.

Hungary's Interior Ministry said that "nearly two-thirds of Hungarians associate the beginning of a child's life with the first heartbeat" and that modern equipment can detect the fetal heartbeat early in pregnancy, which can "give more complete information to pregnant women".

Abortion laws in Hungary are relatively liberal and have remained largely unchanged since abortion was legalized in 1953.

Hungary's nationalist government, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, portrays itself as a champion of traditional family values ??and has offered tax cuts and subsidies to families with many children in an effort to boost the birth rate.