When it comes to power, what does the far right do to women? In Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s racist, nationalist, extremist discourse goes hand in hand with the desire to keep women pregnant. “…the role of women as individuals is slowly disappearing from public policies and being replaced by ‘the family’,” warns Andrea Pető, professor at the Central European University of Budapest. Last year, the government declared that 2018 would be the “year of families”. And, in February 2019, the government announced a series of pro-natalist measures.
A representative of the Prime Minister of Hungary has announced that the government gave funding to two hospitals for renovations, the Béthesda Hospital and the Hospital of the Brothers of Buda, totalling 7.8 billion forint, in exchange for an agreement that physicians in the hospitals would no longer provide abortion services. Thus, the renovation of the maternity wards and gynaecology services in the two hospitals was made possible because both hospitals collaborated in this … Continued