Poll: Most Czechs are for Abortion, Euthanasia

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68 percent of Czechs agree with abortion and 66 percent with the right to euthanasia, according to a poll conducted by the CVVM polling institute in May and released today.

So far, only the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg have legalized euthanasia, while in other countries assisted suicide is possible.

The liberal attitude of the Czech public to the questions has not much changed over the past years. The poll also asked questions about prostitution. Almost one-third of the respondents said it should be allowed by law and regulated as a job.

On the other hand, 21 percent share the view that the provision of paid sexual services should be totally banned.

The proportion of Czechs saying a woman has the right to decide herself on artificial termination of her pregnancy has been steadily ranging at around 70 percent since 1970.

In the early 1990s, there were over 100,000 of them annually, while the figure slumped to 20,300 by last year, the Czech Statistical Office data say.

Abortion in the Czech Republic is legally allowed up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, with medical indications up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, in case of grave problems with the fetus at any time.

The absolute peak of the number of abortions was reached in 1990 at over 100,000 per year, but has declined steadily down since then, reaching less than 1/3 of the peak level in 2004.

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