Hungary Pro-Life Advocates Protest Introduction of RU 486 Abortion Drug

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 19, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 19, 2005

Budapest, Hungary ( — Hundreds of pro-life advocates in Hungary are protesting the introduction of the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug there. They say the drug presents significant health concerns for women in addition to destroying unborn children.

Former Health Minister István Mikola led the large group of pro-life people in a protest last Thursday outside the Ministry of Health.

“We have to reject this ‘kind’ way of killing unborn babies,” Imre Téglásy, Secretary-General of the pro-life group Alfa Alliance told the Budapest Times newspaper.

In July, the health office accepted a proposal by the College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology to license the RU 486 abortion drug for women to use int he first seven weeks of pregnancy to kill a developing baby.

Pro-life advocates are thankful there has been a delay in implementing the approval process. The abortion drug is not on the market and the National Pharmaceutical Institute has yet to add the drug to the register of pills available for sale.

During the delay, pro-life groups are lobbying to overturn the decision and prominent medical professionals such as István Éger, president of the Council of Hungarian Doctors, are condemning the decision.

“I’m not speaking for the council but as a Christian with a large family. I consider abortion to be the extinction of human life and thus I find it [the pill] unacceptable,” Éger told The Budapest Times.

They also worry the pill will increase the number of abortions.

Sociologist Tamás Lébner told the daily Magyar Nemzet that some would view the drug as a birth control option of last resort.

“It would lead to irresponsible sex, because it raises the thought in women’s minds that if there is a problem they can just take the pill," he said.

Pro-life groups also worry that the abortion drug will lead to already low population rates. While abortion advocates tout population concerns elsewhere, Hungary and many eastern European nations face concerning underpopulation rates with not enough babies born to replace older citizens who are dying.

Abortions in Hungary are down from highs in the 1980s of 120,000 annually. Now, about 50,000 abortions take place there each year.