Abortion in Luxembourg

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Abortion in Luxembourg was liberalized on 15 November 1978.[1] Before the end of 12 weeks after conception (14 weeks after the last menstrual period),[2] a woman who determines herself to be "in distress" can obtain an abortion after two consultations with a doctor, one medical and one psycho-social, and a waiting period of at least three days. An abortion at later stages can only be obtained when two doctors certify there is a danger to the mother or fetus. Under-age patients must be accompanied by a trusted adult to the meetings and the procedure itself. Abortions may be performed in hospitals, clinics, and a doctor's surgery.[3]

Before reforms passed in 2012, only a doctor could determine if a woman was "in distress". Abortions in the first twelve weeks were only permitted in the event of a physical or mental health threat to the mother, a serious risk that the child would be born with a serious disease or serious defects, or a pregnancy resulting from rape. Under-age patients needed to obtain parental consent for an abortion, and abortions could only be performed in hospitals and clinics.[1][3][4]

Many doctors in Luxembourg opt out of providing abortion services as conscientious objectors.[1] Doctors who choose not to conduct an abortion, or are incapable of doing so, are required to refer the patient to another medical practitioner under the 2012 law.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Abortion Policies: A Global Review (DOC). 2. United Nations Population Division. 2002. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  2. ^ http://legilux.public.lu/eli/etat/leg/loi/2014/12/17/n2/jo
  3. ^ a b c "Restrictions on abortion in Luxembourg to be relaxed". Luxemburger Wort. Luxembourg. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Luxembourg, Penal Code. Chapitre Ier. - De l'avortement. (L. 15 novembre 1978)" (in French). 15 November 1978. Retrieved 2 January 2013.