Slovaks rally against proposed abortion restrictions

Access to abortion is a human right and should not be subject to public opinion, the organizer of a campaign to block proposed restrictions in Slovakia said on Thursday, as a protest got under way. Slovakia currently allows abortion up until 12 weeks of a pregnancy or 24 weeks if there is a health issue, but the government of the mainly Catholic country is under pressure to tighten the law. Draft legislation being tabled in parliament would require women to obtain and view an ultrasound image of the fetus, a stipulation Amnesty International has said would be a first for a European Union country.