Jersey - Bailiwick of Jersey

Abortion in allowed in Jersey following the termination of pregnancy act of 1997

Circumstances in which termination is not to be unlawful

(1)     A person shall not be guilty of an offence under the law relating to abortion where a termination is carried out by a registered medical practitioner who is of the opinion, formed in good faith, that the termination is immediately necessary to save the life of the woman.

(2)     A person shall not be guilty of an offence under the law relating to abortion where a termination is carried out in an approved place by an approved registered medical practitioner who is authorized to carry out terminations and either –

(a)     2 approved registered medical practitioners (one of whom practises in obstetrics and gynaecology and one of whom practises in an area of medicine relevant to any medical condition of the woman which necessitates the termination) having examined the woman, are each of the opinion, formed in good faith, that the termination is necessary to save her life or to prevent grave permanent injury to her physical or mental health;

(b)   

(i)      2 approved registered medical practitioners (one of whom practises in obstetrics and gynaecology and one of whom practises in paediatrics), having examined the woman, are each of the opinion, formed in good faith, that there is a substantial risk that, if the child were born, it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped, and

(ii)      the termination is carried out before the end of the twenty-fourth week of the pregnancy; or

(c)    

(i)      the woman’s condition causes her distress and the requirements for consultation in Article 3 have been complied with,

(ii)      the termination is carried out before the end of the twelfth week of the pregnancy, and

(iii)     on the day the termination is carried out, the woman is ordinarily resident in Jersey or has been resident in Jersey for the period of 90 days immediately preceding that day.