Anti-abortion demonstration held on Old Town Square

Between two and three hundred people took part in a demonstration against abortion on Prague’s Old Town Square on Saturday. The protest was linked to the March 25 Day of the Unborn Child and came days after the second biggest party in the governing coalition the Christian Democrats expressed disagreement with an amendment proposed by the Health Ministry, which they say would make abortion policy more liberal. The number of pregnancies terminated in the Czech Republic has fallen significantly; while almost 150,000 abortions were carried out in 1970, last year that figure was down to 25,000.

Author: Ian Willoughby