Why this story matters:
Earlier this week, Slovakia's Minister of Health didn't think it "urgent" when a pregnant woman thinks that she is going into labor, or feels something is wrong with her pregnancy.
However, after women condemned a draft law that would charge them for care in similar cases, he changed his mind in three days.
On Facebook he wrote:
"I listen to many opinions, and I think that it is right. ... Thank you for suggestions and also a critical voice. Ladies, you deserve a rest."
Maybe he changed his mind because he did not want to lose a popularity among young women. Or maybe he got scared by the backlash. Either way, many women expressed their relief
Details from the story:
- In Slovakia, people do not have to pay for urgent care in hospitals. This includes people with injuries, those needing at least 2 hours of care, those brought to hospitals by ambulance, and pregnancies.
- Women were angry about the proposed law after media outlets reported a pregnant woman who thought she was in labor was charged 10 euro after she sought emergency care. The hospital did not consider it an urgent case.
- It started a discussion about if women should have to pay if they feel something is wrong with their pregnancy.