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Petitioning Minister of Public Administration and Justice Tibor Navracsics and 7 others

Please Grant Full Clemency to Dr./Midwife Agnes Gereb


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.



Letter to
Minister of Public Administration and Justice Tibor Navracsics
Ministry of Health in Hungary Dr. Miklós Szócska
Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér
and 5 others
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
I just signed the following petition addressed to: the Incoming President of Hungary, Janos Ader.

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Grant Full Clemency to Dr./Midwife Agnes Gereb and her colleague

In the matter of Dr. Ágnes Geréb's impending imprisonment for two years we write to kindly ask that you reply positively to her request for a Presidential pardon and for the cancellation of all criminal procedures against her and the other midwife involved in the same cases, Ágnes Kiraly. 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 a 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.

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. Surely it is time for midwives' birth actions not to be judged by a criminal court, but by a professional regulatory body and in this regard we also urge you to use your office to promote the early establishment of a permanent Board of Midwives, who in future would deal with allegations of negligence against their members.

The efforts of the present Hungarian government which brought about the introduction of first-time homebirth legislation in 2011 are very much appreciated. However, the criminal proceedings against Dr. Geréb and the other midwives predate the implementation of the new regulations, and we believe fairness and equity would require that account now be taken of this.

Please exercise your right to provide or advocate for presidential clemency for Dr. Ágnes Geréb, for the cancellation of all criminal proceedings against her and Ágnes Kiraly and to promote the establishment of a permanent Board of Midwives.




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Sincerely,