Please Grant Full Clemency to Dr./Midwife Agnes Gereb
  • Petitioned Tibor Navracsics

This petition was delivered to:

Minister of Public Administration and Justice
Tibor Navracsics
Ministry of Health in Hungary
Dr. Miklós Szócska
Minister of the Interior
Sándor Pintér
Interim President of Hungary
Mr Laszlo Kover
Minister of National Resources
Dr. Miklos Réthelyi
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Dr Janos Martonyi
Prime Minister of Hungary
Viktor Orbán
President of Hungary
Janos Ader

Please Grant Full Clemency to Dr./Midwife Agnes Gereb

    1. Beth Enson
    2. Petition by

      Beth Enson

      Arroyo Seco, NM

Hungary has legalized home birth, yet midwives who attended home births before legalization have been harshly imprisoned.  On February 10th, 2012, the Budapest Appeal Court announced the verdict in the case of Dr. Ágnes Geréb (an OB/Gyn as well as a midwife) and four other Hungarian midwives. The terms of Ágnes Geréb’s sentence of two-year imprisonment were tightened, a ban on practicing doubled to ten years.

The prison sentence and 10 year ban on practicising handed down to Dr. Geréb on February,10th, 2012, has shocked and saddened many as she is an internationally renowned obstetrician-midwife who was the first in Hungary to let fathers into the labor ward, allowing families to experience the miracle of birth together. She assisted several thousand normal births without complications, facilitated the beginning of numerous happy lives and has worked tirelessly for the development of safe and progressive midwifery practices in Hungary.

There is now an growing belief that the granting of clemency to Dr. Geréb would help create the conditions for further reforms of maternity care in Hungary and that Hungary might become a positive example of change to other countries in the region, still burdened from Communist time with the legacy of authoritarian systems of medical care. We are convinced that her continued involvement will prove indispensable for this goal.

Hungary has recently legalized home birth, yet midwives like Dr. Geréb, who attended home births before legalization have unfairly received criminal sentences, and all future licenced midwives will still remain exposed to discriminatory treatment and criminalisation in the investigation of adverse birth incidents. It is time for midwives' birth actions not to be judged by a criminal court, but by a professional regulatory body, a Board of Midwives, who in future would deal with allegations of negligence against their members.

Recent signatures


    1. We have reached 10,000 signers! New goal: 15,000

      Beth Enson
      Petition Organizer

      Midwifery advocates in Hungary are currently in discussion with the new President of Hungary, Janos Ader, to convince him to create a Board of Midwifery to oversee and validate the profession. Keep on sharing our petition to ensure that President Ader knows the world is watching and supporting him to do the right thing.

    2. Reached 10,000 signatures
    3. Hungary has chosen a new president

      Beth Enson
      Petition Organizer

      Our petition is now being addressed to the Incoming President of Hungary, Janos Ader, as well as to additional government ministers who might be instrumental in creating a Hungarian Board of Midwifery. This proposed Board would handle any future professional cases involving the legal practice of midwifery, the same way that medical cases are handled, instead of having them sent to criminal court. Hungarian birth activists have helped revise our petition to reflect this important aspect of our request.

    4. Reached 6,000 signatures
    5. Hungarian President Resigns

      Beth Enson
      Petition Organizer

      Petition emails will now be sent to Laszlo Kover, the Interim President, while a successor is chosen.

    6. Hungarian President may be forced to resign in scandal

      Beth Enson
      Petition Organizer

      Dear supporters of Agnes Gereb,

      Thank you so much for your signatures and your awareness of this injustice. A Hungarian colleague of Agnes's has sent us a short update on the situation there:

      "It is the right of the Hungarian president to give pardon but at the moment there is a big scandal (The Economist just wrote about it) that it turned out his PhD was fake, he copied the whole thing and he probably will have to resign. We do not know. I can image it is not the clemency that causes him sleepless nights."

      Please keep circulating the petition in hopes that the President's successor will be more open to our cause. Many thanks for all you do in the world and in your lives.

    7. Reached 5,000 signatures
    8. We're a third of the way to our goal! 3,018 supporters this morning.

      Beth Enson
      Petition Organizer

      Please share this campaign on facebook, email or twitter. Let's get Agnes back home with her family where she belongs.

    9. Reached 3,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Melinda Ching Simon GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
      • over 2 years ago

      More attention should be placed on how to prevent maternal mortality and morbidity - by using a human rights based approach - rather than punishing someone whom society should be thanking!

    • Peter Brown SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe in home births as a right provided reasonable medical precautions are taken

    • Dr Sharon Moloney TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Most important issue of our day - that women can birth at home attended by their midwife of choice.

      • over 2 years ago

      Although some births need intervention, it is better in my information for babies to be born at home if possible. My mother had 5 babies at home. Perhaps the loss of the second would have survived in a hospital birth, but the other 4 survived to retirement age so far.

    • Maggie Milton NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Because a woman should be able to birth her baby at home.


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