BRATISLAVA, April 23, 2003 ( – Slovakia’s Constitutional Court has shelved its decision indefinitely on whether abortion is constitutional. Christian Democrat (KDH) MPs have been arguing that Slovakia’s abortion law, which permits abortion up to the 12th week and afterwards in cases of a so-called threat to the health of the mother, violates the constitutional guarantee of the right to life. The Slovak law is considered one of the most liberal in Europe.  Some MPs are expressing personal discomfort with the current law. KDH MP Peter Muránsky, who accepts the destruction of unborn children under a variety of circumstances, said that he finds the current law’s allowance of abortions to be done for “groundless” reasons to be “unacceptable”. Justice Minister Daniel Lipsic, also a KDH member, said, “In no way is this debate about banning abortions. The [goal] is to find a balance between the [woman’s] right to choose and the right to life for a fetus during its first 12 weeks.”  Anna Záborská, a KDH MP, said the debate is not only about a woman’s right to choose. “We know very well that it is not just about her body but that she is also making a decision about another life,” she said.  For local coverage:


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