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Expert opinion to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia in reviewing the constitutionality of the Act on Health Measures for the Realization of the Right to Freely Decide on the Childbirth

On the occasion of the announcement of the Constitutional Court of Croatia that a decision is soon to be reached on the constitutionality of  the Act on Health Measures for the Realization of the Right to Freely Decide on the Childbirth (NN 18/78), CESI - Center for Education, Counselling and Research submitted amicus briefs to the Constitutional Court that explain how international human rights law, comparative European law, constitutional jurisprudence in Europe and international public health standards support women's right to access safe and legal abortion.

The Constitutional Court decision rejected claims made by conservative groups and individuals that allowing women access to abortion on request was unconstitutional. The Court ruled that by allowing women's access to abortion in these circumstances, the law gives effect to women's constitutional rights to privacy, liberty, and personality and complied with international human rights law and comparative European law. As the 1978 law predated the current Croatian Constitution, the Court requested that the Croatian Parliament adopt new legislation within two years