Abortion Laws and Policies
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Abortion is permitted on request up to 12 weeks. It is also permitted in cases of foetal impairment or if the pregnancy endangers the woman or person’s health. For these cases no limitation regarding the lengths of pregnancy is mentioned in the legal text.
Abortion seekers are required to go through mandatory counseling prior to abortion. There is a mandatory waiting period of 6 days in place before the abortion can be done. The 6 days are counted from the first consultation with the doctor in the facility the abortion will be performed.
Penal law criminalizes women and pregnant people for doing an abortion outside of the legal conditions specified in the law. Also, abortion providers and people assisting may be criminalized for an abortion outside of the legal conditions specified in the law.
Medical practitioners and providers have the right to refuse abortion services based on personal beliefs. However, if a medical practitioner or provider refuses service they are obligated to inform the individual about it from the start. They also need to refer individuals to another provider and forward their medical record to the other physician.
About Abortion Pills
An abortion with pills is a safe and effective way to end a pregnancy at home. There are two ways to have an abortion with pills:
- Have an abortion with a pill called Mifepristone and another pill called Misoprostol;
- Have an abortion with the pill Misoprostol only.
You already have abortion pills? Find instructions, information around dosage, safety precautions and tips here or contact the Women on Web Help Desk Team to guide you through the process at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mifepristone is officially registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
A doctor's prescription may be required to get Mifepristone.
Mifepristone can be bought in under medical supervision and/or in hospitals
Misoprostol is officially registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
It is registered for gynecological indications (such as birth, miscarriage treatment or abortion care etc.)
There is currently no data available on whether or not a prescription is needed to get Misoprostol.
Misoprostol is distributed in pharmacies.
These are brand names under which Mifepristone, Misoprostol or Combi Packs (that contain both abortion pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol) are officially distributed and/or commonly found in the country.
Mifegyne 200mg Exelgyn
Mifepristone Linepharma 200 mg
Arthrotec 75*, 200 mcg *contains Diclofenac!
Safety notice: There are pills that contain a combination of Misoprostol and the painkiller Diclofenac. While manufactured for a different purpose they can still be used for abortion. Please find more info in our FAQ to avoid overdosing the Diclofenac.
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Other Databases and Sources
These are the sources and databases used to gather the information listed on this country profile.
- 08.08.2022/Medical Abortion Commodities Database: https://www.medab.org/advanced-search-multiple-results?country=348&commodity=all&brand=all#multiple-search-result
- 08.08.2022/National medicine authority; Misoprostol: https://medicinesdatabase.be/human-use/medicines?search=%7B%22term%22:%22misoprostol%22%7D
- 18.08.2022/National Medicine Authority; Mifepristone: https://medicinesdatabase.be/human-use/medicines?search=%7B%22term%22:%22mifepriston%22%7D
- 09.08.2022/WHO, Global Abortion Policies Database: https://abortion-policies.srhr.org/country/belgium/
- 20.08.2022/European Abortion Policies Atlas: https://europe.ippf.org/resource/european-abortion-policies-atlas
- 06.12.2022/REDAAS conscientious objection map: https://www.redaas.org.ar/conscientious-objection-map
- 06.12.2022/Center for Reproductive Rights. The World’s Abortion Laws: https://reproductiverights.org/maps/worlds-abortion-laws/
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