☷   ABORTION LEGISLATION

1990: abortion is allowed (Law on termination of pregnancy dated 03 April) and a National Evaluation Committee is created (Law dated 13 August)
2018: abortion is out of the penal code (Law on termination of pregnancy dated 15 October)

Gestionnal limit in Belgium
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Legal conditions

  • Written consent by the woman
  • Pre-abortion consultation (legal counselling) + pre-abortion consultation with a social worker + pre-abortion confirmation consultation
  • Mandatory 6-day period between counselling and abortion procedure (It can be added to the 14 weeks from LMP limit in case the woman shows late in her pregnancy)
  • Contraception evoked during at least 1 of the medical consultations.
  • Counselling has to be in the same place as abortion.
  • No specific conditions for minors

 

 

Abortion legislation | Practical conditions | Abortion statistics | Characteristics of women having induced abortion
Fertility and contraception data | Country-specific characteristics 

 

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☷   PRACTICAL CONDITIONS

Abort-Report: Medical abortion conditions in Belgium

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☷   ABORTION STATISTICS

Abort-Report: Abortion rates per 1,000 women aged 15-44 in Belgium
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☷   CHARACTERISTICS OF WOMEN HAVING INDUCED ABORTION

Abort-Report Distribution of induced abortions according to age in Belgium

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☷   FERTILITY AND CONTRACEPTION DATA

Abort-Report Fertility rates in Belgium

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☷   COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS

Counselling has to be in the same place as abortion.

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The slides presented are freely accessible. They may be used, copied, displayed or distributed provided that their source is given

SOURCES

IPPF European Network – Updated January 2012 (http://www.ippfen.org/)
SENSOA (https://www.sensoa.be/)
Fédération Laïque de Centres de Planning Familial (FLCPF) (https://www.planningfamilial.net)
LUNA (www.abortus.be)
Belgisch Staatsblad / Moniteur Belge (http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/cgi_loi/change_lg.pl?language=fr&la=F&cn=2018101503&table_name=loi)
Sensoa, Flemish expertise centre for sexual health (http://sensoa.be/feiten-en-cijfers)
Report Nationale Evaluatiecommissie zwangerschapsafbreking – tweejaarlijks verslag, 2012
Statistics Belgium (http://statbel.fgov.be)

We thank Dr. Nausikaä MARTENS for her help in data collection.
If you have additional data or if you would like to comment some information, please contact info@exelgyn.com.

Page updated in December 2018