Europe vs America: An Abortion Law Comparison
Is America “behind the times” when it comes to abortion? Surely, European countries are much more progressive than we backwood Americans clinging to our guns and Bibles.
Across the Atlantic, England and the Netherlands both prohibit abortion after 24 weeks gestation. The Netherlands also has a mandatory five-day waiting period between the initial consultation and an abortion procedure. Clinics must also provide women with comprehensive information about abortion alternatives.
Burguiere added that “socialist Sweden” permits abortion until 18 weeks gestation and bans most procedures after the 22nd week. Spain limits most abortions to the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, while Denmark limits abortions after 12 weeks.
Germany also restricts abortion after 12 weeks. A woman seeking an abortion in Germany must undergo a mandatory three-day waiting period and a counseling session.
Belgium limits abortions after 12 weeks and requires women to have six days of counseling prior to the procedure. France, Switzerland and Finland also limit elective abortions to the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Portugal limits abortion to the first 10 weeks.
Italy prohibits most abortions that take place after 90 days from the date of conception.
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