Abortion legislation

Legislation timeline

  • 1978: abortion is allowed (law dated 15 November)
  • 2014: new law dated 17 December

Source: Code de la Santé (http://data.legilux.public.lu/file/eli-etat-leg-code-sante-20170331-fr-pdf.pdf; fichier pdf page 136)

Abortion conditions

Ground Gestational limit
To save a woman’s life No limit*
Because of foetal impairment No limit*
To preserve a woman’s mental health
To preserve a woman’s physical health
For economic and social reasons
On request 14 weeks from LMP

* After 14 weeks from LMP, 2 qualified physicians must certify in writing that there is a serious threat to the health or life of the pregnant woman or the unborn child.

Source: Code de la Santé (http://data.legilux.public.lu/file/eli-etat-leg-code-sante-20170331-fr-pdf.pdf; fichier pdf page 316)

Legal conditions

  • Mandatory 3-day period between pre-abortion consultation and abortion procedure

Specific conditions for minors

  • Parent’s (or guardian’s) consent required for minors under 18. If the minor wants to keep abortion a secret, she has to be accompanied by an adult of her choice.
  • Written consent by the minor
  • Pre-abortion consultation with a social worker
  • Pre-abortion confirmation consultation in addition to the legal conditions described above.


  • Code de la Santé (http://data.legilux.public.lu/file/eli-etat-leg-code-sante-20170331-fr-pdf.pdf; fichier pdf page 316)

Practical conditions

Medical abortion conditions

Place Prescription 1st drug taken 2nd drug taken
OB/GYN department of a hospital/clinic Yes Yes Yes
Another physician office Yes Yes Yes
Midwife office No No No
Abortion centre/clinic
At home No No Yes

Source: Code de la Santé (http://data.legilux.public.lu/file/eli-etat-leg-code-sante-20170331-fr-pdf.pdf; fichier pdf page 316), Ministère de la Santé. Interruption Volontaire de Grossesse (IVG) - Brochure d’information. 2017 (http://sante.public.lu/fr/droits/ivg/guide-info-femmes-IVG-juin-2017.pdf page 13)

For Another physician office, if GP concluded an agreement with a hospital with a OB/GYN department that provides a permanent emergency service

Mandatory pre-abortion examinations

  • Ultrasound

Involved healthcare professionals

  • Surgical abortion: obstetrician/gynaecologist (OB/GYN)
  • Medical abortion: OB/GYN or another physician


  • Code de la Santé (http://data.legilux.public.lu/file/eli-etat-leg-code-sante-20170331-fr-pdf.pdf; fichier pdf page 316)

Abortion statistics

Abortion rates per 1,000 women aged 15-49

Unfortunately we have no data for this country.


Overall number of induced abortions

Source: http://www.pfl.lu/, https://statistiques.public.lu/fr/publications/series/luxembourg-en-chiffres/2022/luxembourg-en-chiffres-2022.html

Family planning centres, no national data available

Abortion ratio per 1.000 live births: 75.8 (2021)

Source: http://www.pfl.lu/

Abortions performed “on request”: % ()


Overall number of induced abortions vs. medical abortions

Source: http://www.pfl.lu/

No national data available. All abortions performed in Family planning centres are medical abortions.

Induced abortions per gestational age (2021)

Source: http://www.pfl.lu/

Place of abortion (2021)

Source: http://www.pfl.lu/

Characteristics of women having induced abortion

Distribution of induced abortion according to women age (2021)

Source: http://www.pfl.lu/

Family planning centres, no national data available

In 2019, among women who had induced abortion:

  • 44% lived in Luxembourg
  • 36% had at least 1 child.


  • http://www.pfl.lu/_dbfiles/lacentrale_files/300/378/Rapport-Planning-2019.pdf

Fertility and contraception

Fertility rates in women aged 15-49

Source: https://statistiques.public.lu/fr/publications/series/luxembourg-en-chiffres/2022/luxembourg-en-chiffres-2022.html

Women age at first birth

  • 31.1 years of age (2021)


  • https://statistiques.public.lu/fr/publications/series/luxembourg-en-chiffres/2022/luxembourg-en-chiffres-2022.html

Country-specific characteristics

  • Women have to give written consent only if they are minor.
  • All health care professionnals (HCPs) have the right to conscientiously object.
  • Both surgical and medical abortions are free of charge for resident women. Abortion is also free of charge for non-resident women if they work in Luxemboug.


  • Code de la Santé (http://data.legilux.public.lu/file/eli-etat-leg-code-sante-20170331-fr-pdf.pdf; fichier pdf page 316)
  • Ministère de la Santé. Interruption Volontaire de Grossesse (IVG) – Brochure d’information. 2017 (http://sante.public.lu/fr/droits/ivg/guide-info-femmes-IVG-juin-2017.pdf page 13)
  • Gouvernement du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg (http://www.sante.public.lu/fr/droits/ivg/remboursement/index.html)

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Abbreviations: EFTA = European Free Trade Association | EU = European Union | IUD = intra-uterine device | LARC = long-acting reversible contraception | LMP = last menstruation period | GYN = gynaecologist | HCP = health care professional | hCG = human chorionic gonadotropin | HIV = human immunodeficiency virus | OB = obstetrician | Rh = Rhesus | US = ultrasound

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