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Twenty Hungarian civil groups have expressed support for a recent ministerial decree under which abortions are now conditional on the mother listening to the foetus’s heartbeat. In a statement, the organisations that are active in efforts to protect foetal life and support pregnant women said “Hungary’s pro-life community” unanimously welcomed and supported the decree, adding that “the test, easily performed with modern diagnostic equipment could save the lives of many fellow humans in the foetal phase.” Citing experience from other countries, they said: “Such an encounter between mother and baby have changed the mind of a number of desperate mothers…”
The signatories include the Society of Christian Doctors in Hungary, the Association of Large Families and the Hungarian Bioethical Society, while the statement was also signed by Csaba Böjte, head of the St. Francis Foundation of Deva, Bishop János Székely and neurosurgeon András Csókay.