Abortion in Monaco

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Abortion in Monaco is only allowed in cases of rape, fetal deformity, illness, or fatal danger to the mother.[1] The most recent abortion legislation was enacted on 8 April 2009;[1] before then Monaco had one of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, only allowing the procedure if there was a risk of fatality for the mother.[2]

The previous abortion law, from 1967, outlawed abortion under any circumstance, but other previous criminal law cases agreed abortion was acceptable if it saved the life of the mother.[2] Under the old law, women undergoing an illegal abortion were subject to a prison term up to three years, with the abortion provider subject to a prison term up to five years.[2] If the abortion provider was in the medical profession, their right to practice medicine would be taken away.[2]

It should be noted that while abortion is partially legal in Monaco, Monaco itself is surrounded on three sides by France, where abortion is completely legal and available on demand.[3]


  1. ^ a b Catholic Monaco Legalizes Abortion
  2. ^ a b c d Monaco - Abortion policy - United Nations
  3. ^ "Monaco, Abortion and the Church". Mad for Monaco. 3 December 2009.