Serbian Government Backtracks on Russia-Inspired Anti-Abortion Council

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Posted 26 December 2016, Global Voices

Serbian government officials are claiming that uproar over alleged plans to establish a state body to persuade women to avoid abortions is all a misunderstanding.

Slavica Đukić Dejanović, a minister without portfolio responsible for demography and population policy, reportedly told pro-government tabloid Informer confirming that the state would “form a body that would raise awareness of all women about the harmful side effects of abortions.” Several other media outlets then picked up on the statement. According to news portal Alo.rs, the council would provide counseling on pregnancy and its termination, and “would include the civil sector, priests and various experts that would be able to help.”

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Serbia Activists Suspect Plan to Curb Abortion

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23 Dec 16, Balkan Insight
by Milivoje Pantovic

Serbia’s Demography Minister has denied plans to set up a special body advising women against abortion, but rights activists still suspect a hidden agenda to curb women’s rights.

Serbian civil rights activists have raised their voices against the possible formation of a special body, that could include priests, that would advise women on abortions, after Serbia's Demography Minister, Slavica Djukic Dejanovic, hinted at such a plan in an interview. Later she said she had been misunderstood.

“Activities by which women would be forced to go to consultation, in which even a priests were included, are surely not undertaken for the benefit of the women,” the project coordinator of the Belgrade-based NGO, Women's Autonomous Center, Tanja Ignjatovic, said.

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