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Hungary's constitution bucks EU trends on life, marriage, family, faith

Catholic World News - October 11, 2013

The constitution of Hungary stands in sharp contrast to the current policies of the European Union, notes Italian journalist Alessandra Nucci in an article for Catholic World Report.

Among the facets of Hungary’s fundamental law that counteract popular trends in the European Union, Nucci lists: the recognition of Christianity as the religion of Hungary’s people, the protection of the right to life from conception, the definition of the family as a unit based on male-female marriage, the acknowledgment of parents’ rights, the duty of legislators before God, the ban on eugenics, and the definition of the nation in ethnic terms (with protection for minorities). Ironically, despite these constitutional provisions, Hungary allows for legal abortion in some cases and for legal recognition of same-sex unions.

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  • Posted by: mateskub8508 - Oct. 12, 2013 5:34 PM ET USA

    Constitution is new. We ought to give Hungary some time to conform legislation to new constitution. Hungary had on-demand abortions by the millions much before Roe vs. Wade. I wouldn't call this ironic, but an immense victory, quite unseen in other western countries.

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