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Thousands protest against abortion in Croatia

Thousands of anti-abortion activists protest

Anti-abortion activists have protested in Croatia amid a fierce debate about reproductive rights in the country. While abortion is legal in the strongly Catholic EU nation, rising religious pressure means many doctors are refusing to carry out terminations.

The protest on Saturday came after thousands rallied to support a woman who was refused an abortion despite foetal abnormalities being diagnosed.

Croatian health authorities have now given her permission for a termination.

Following mounting public outrage, a medical commission ruled last week that medical and legal preconditions for the procedure had been met.But it said the woman would have to travel to neighbouring Slovenia for the procedure.

Concern has been growing for years that the procedure is becoming less available in the Balkan country due to pressure from the Catholic Church and activists.

An overwhelming majority of Croatia’s 3.9 million people are Catholics, and the Church plays an important role in society.



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