“The case where a child was diagnosed with a malignant tumour in the 26th week of pregnancy and could die, and if it doesn’t, it will live like a vegetable has shaken us all but unfortunately, this is just the consequence of a problem that Croatia has been faced with for years,” MP Sabina Glasovac (SDP) said at a joint press conference.
Glasovac said that the law treats Croatian women as “second-rate” recalling that the Constitutional Court had clearly said already in 2017 that the present law, dating from 1978, should be updated and made implementable. The government has done nothing in that regard “because of fear of losing part of its electorate and in that way, it is sacrificing the health and lives of women.”
Glasovac said that the opposition did not just watch from the sidelines but reacted in 2020 by submitting a bill. However, the government did not react to it.
She announced that the opposition would once again submit its bill into the procedure and collect signatures from MPs to ‘push’ it onto the Sabor’s agenda prior to the summer recess.
“We will seek that every health institution regardless of conscientious objection ensures a sufficient number of doctors who will provide this medical service to terminate a pregnancy without seeking the reason for it, for it to be ensured and legally implementable,” Glasovac announced.
Katica Glamuzina (Social Democrats) said that they are inviting Health Minister Beroš to come to the Sabor and explain why the law has not been adopted in the past three years, why the conscientious objection is not regulated by any act and why patients are referred to Slovenia to pay €1,000 for something they should have for free in their own country.
Raukar Gamulin (ZLB): System has left the desperate pregnant woman on her own
Urša Raukar Gamulin (Green-Left Bloc) said that the incomprehensible tragedy of a pregnant woman was not enough and that the system has left her to be completely on her own.
“The thing that happened to that pregnant woman is a tragedy of the system and has shown that there is no ‘health system’ to protect women. The system is obliged to ensure an abortion for every woman regardless of conscientious objection because what is happening now is inhumane and has no regard for that woman. We do not know how many women have been referred to Slovenia to solve their problem, but as she said, she is a citizen of Croatia and wants to solve her problem in Croatia,” Raukar Gamulin said.
Katarina Peović (Workers’ Front) warned that the vested right, support from the science community, and support from the legislature for women ensuring their health and right to manage their own bodies “did not last long.”
“We will fight with all our means to raise that issue to a higher level, to put it in the public sphere, because only the fight by both men and women can restore this right that was once won,” she said.
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