MPs pass law on Abortion
Monday, 10 June 2013

The Macedonian Parliament adopted on Monday the Law on Termination of Pregnancy in a shortened procedure. Opposition deputies did not take part in the debate and voting and the law was voted against only by one MP.

Two weeks ago, the government submitted the draft-law to parliament.

Under the proposed changes, women seeking an abortion beyond the tenth week of pregnancy will have to file requests for abortions to the Health Ministry and will have to affirm that they attended counselling, informed the partner or spouse of their intention to abort and met a gynaecologist.

The law further forbids women from having a second abortion within a year of the first one.

The current law from 1976 left key decisions on abortions to doctors.

 

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