1975:abortion is allowed (Law N° 75-17 dated 17 January)
2001: Law N° 2001-588 (4 July)
2013: Decree N° 2013-248 (25 March)
2014: Law N° 2014-873 (4 August)
2016: Law N° 2016-41 (26 January) Specific conditions due to COVID-19
Decree of Minister of Solidarity and Health adopted on April 14th 2020
Recommendations – “COVID-19 rapid responses”, published by the High Health Authority
– Extended gestational limit for EMA at home from 7 to 9 weeks
– Prescribing medications using telemedicine or phone consultations
– Administrating medicaments in pharmacy
Re-debating a bill to improve access to abortion that extends the gestational limit from 12 to 14 weeks, enables midwives to perform surgical abortion up to 10 weeks, and disallows providers to deny abortion care based on personal beliefs. Bill currently waits for a vote in Senate.
No mandatory period between pre-abortion confirmation consultation and abortion procedure. In case there is a consultation with a social worker, it is followed by a mandatory 2-day period before the signature of the consent form which can be done on the day of the abortion procedure.
Contraception to be evoked during pre-abortion consultation.
Specific conditions for minors
Pre-abortion consultation with a relationship counsellor required for minors under 18 (emancipated minors excl.).
Parent’s (or guardian’s) consent required for minors under 18 (emancipated minors excl.). If the minor wants to keep abortion a secret, she has to be accompanied by an adult of her choice.
If the non-emancipated minor wants to keep abortion a secret, she can be accompanied by an adult of her choice, different from her parents/guardian.
All HCPs have the right to conscientiously object but they are required to inform the patient without delay and provide referral. Each public hospital medical consultant must accept the provision of the termination of pregnancy, if this has been decided by the board of governors, in order to comply with the mission of the public health services. They are entitled to refuse to practice it but cannot oppose colleagues who do so.
Both surgical and medical abortions are free of charge for resident women.