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Reactions to conflicts over abortion rights in Poland

October 30th, 2020

A pro-government columnist accuses Polish demonstrators protesting against the restriction of abortion rights of trying to erase the core of Polish national identity. A liberal commentator deems it unlikely that abortion rights will be restricted in Hungary.

In Magyar Nemzet, Zsolt Bayer finds it shocking that in Poland, demonstrators protesting against the new law limiting the right to abortion have attacked churches and religious statues. As the pro-government commentator sees it, young liberal demonstrators are targeting Christianity itself, which is also the core of Polish national identity. Bayer contends that ‘pathetic aberrants’ want to destroy normal everyday life by attacking traditional national, religious and gender identities.

In Heti Világgazdaság, Viktória Serdült deems it unlikely that abortion rights in Hungary will be restricted. The liberal columnist recalls that Hungary signed the Geneva Consensus Declaration, an anti-abortion petition submitted by the US to the UN. Serdült believes that by signing the document, the Hungarian government wanted to score points with Donald Trump, but does not want to amend the current Hungarian legislation on abortion, as Minister for Families Katalin Novák was quick to confirm this week.

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