Péter Márki-Zay, the opposition’s designated candidate for prime minister (pictured), condemned Viktor Orbán’s latest campaign video in rather strong terms.
The Prime Minister put a short video on social media this week of himself visiting a family, which included the statement that “nothing matters but whether you have children or not.”
Even as a father of seven, I find this lying hypocrisy stomach-turning, as the Prime Minister of the country he has plundered and made hundreds of thousands of its children into serfs and peons insolently plays the country’s wise and caring father.
-wrote Péter Márki-Zay on Facebook.
As he explained, there can be many paths to a fulfiling human life, and raising children is no doubt one of them. However, there are some for whom this was not their destiny, either because of circumstances beyond their control or because they have been called upon to do something for which they would not be able to take on the responsibility of raising a child.
The opposition leader believes that politicians have a reponsibility to make it easier for people to have children, adopt, or conceive through in vitro fertilization. Not only does the current government not do this, he says, but it doesn’t provide modern education or proper health care to Hungarian families either.
Last April, United for Hungary spokesperson Judit Péterfi spoke out to the media about how she felt judged and stigmatized for not having children as a woman in her 40s, and that she had sought therapy to help her deal with her concerns about not being married and childless. [Magyar Hang]