1942: abortion is allowed under strict medical conditions and handled very differently by region (Penal Code Act, articles 118-121 dated January)
2001: modifications of Penal Code Act, articles 118-121
2002: adoption of Penal Code Act, articles 118-121
2002: new Law allowing abortion on request is effective (Penal Code Act, articles 118-120)
Written consent by the woman
Pre-abortion consultation (legal counselling)
Specific conditions for minors
Pre-abortion specific counselling with a certified physician (“kantonsarzt”) for minors under 16
Parent’s (or guardian’s) consent required for minors under 16 incapable of discernment only.
Women must express their distress in writing for abortion “on request”.
Abortion is taught during health care professionals’ (HCPs’) medical studies.
HCPs do not have the right to conscientiously object.
Abortion is not reimbursed by the Health national social security.
Both surgical and medical abortions are reimbursed to resident women by private health insurance. Nevertheless, women have to pay an “annual deductible” for treatments overall, i.e., the first 300 – 4,400 € depending on the insurance model + 10% of the costs exceding the deductible, up to a payment of 600 €.
Non-resident women have to pay around 850 – 2,600 € for surgical abortion or 440 – 1,300 € for medical abortion.