NEW 2020 DATA
Abortion legislation | Practical conditions | Abortion statistics
Characteristics of women having induced abortion | Fertility and contraception data | Country-specific characteristics
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.
Abortion legislation | Practical conditions | Abortion statistics | Characteristics of women having induced abortion
Fertility and contraception data | Country-specific characteristics
Women must express their distress in writing for abortion “on request”.
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IPPF European Network – Updated January 2012 (http://www.ippfen.org/)
SEXUAL HEALTH Switzerland, former PLANeS (www.sante-sexuelle.ch)
Federal statistical office (https://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/fr/home/statistiques/sante/etat-sante/reproductive.html)
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