Hungarian Government Obstructs Access to Morning-After Pill

Three Hungarian NGOs are seeking answers from the state health authority after it decided against granting over-the-counter access to a morning-after pill out of concern for women's health.

The Hungarian Women's Lobby, PATENT Association and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union have sent an open letter to the State Secretariat for Healthcare, questioning its determination that making the ellaOne morning-after pill available without a prescription would harm women.

Although the European Medicines Agency and the European Commission have voiced their support for making the ellaOne pill available without prescription, the recent announcement by the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources makes clear that the pill will remain a prescription-only medicine due to concerns related to "patient safety."

The three organizations condemn the decision of the Hungarian government. The pill can be accessed without a prescription in 22 of 28 EU member states. Following the recommendation of the Commission, even Poland, which has very strict abortion laws, announced that it would remove the need for prescription. It seems Hungary is again swimming against the current, and putting the safety and health of Hungarian women at risk.

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Hungarian Government Obstructs Access to Morning-After Pill

Three Hungarian NGOs are seeking answers from the state health authority after it decided against granting over-the-counter access to a morning-after pill out of concern for women's health.

Hungary Set to Erect Border Fence to Ward Off Refugees

The Hungarian government will erect a 175-kilometer-long fence along its southern border with Serbia in an effort to prevent refugees from entering Hungary. The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union claims the fence represents an inhuman and unacceptable action that is not legitimized by international precedents. It is inhuman because the fence would stop everyone trying to cross the border, including refugees fleeing in fear for their lives and security. According to the organization's Facebook page, it is the utmost cruelty to physically prevent anyone from fleeing to safety.

Budapest Homeless Ban Limited by Supreme Court

The Hungarian Supreme Court has once again nullified certain sections of a regulation issued by the municipality of Budapest that marks the illicit zones where sleeping on the street may be punished. HCLU is concerned because, as in the case of its earlier decision, the court has again raised only formal objections, without challenging those aspects of the regulation that violate human dignity. HCLU had affirmed in an earlier statement that the criminalization of homelessness not only violates human dignity but also lacks social sensitivity, being inhuman as well as totally nonsensical.