Europe is seen as a haven of liberal laws, since it tends to be perceived as more leftist and secular. However, study shows that Europeans overall are much more conservative about abortion than the US. Anyone within 12 weeks of pregnancy can buy abortion pills or access surgery legally and on demand.
Abortion Laws in
America Pregnancy termination can be legally performed in
all states of the country, up to 20 weeks of gestation
11 states ban abortions past 20 weeks in pregnancy
Pregnancy cancellation beyond 28 weeks of
gestation are illegal in three states
Twenty states criminalize abortions when the fetus
is viable, i.e. it can survive outside the womb, which
is typically in the 23rd to 25th week.
Seven states in the US, all abortion on demand
Laws Are Generally More
Although recent changes in the American political climate, may change
America’s liberal pro-choice status
Aborting after the 12th week of
gestation is illegal in Germany.
Women have to mandatorily
wait for three days in
counseling before having an
Women can abort by Mifepristone and
Misoprostol or by surgery till the 12th
Pregnancy termination after 12th week
is permissible in case if the mother’s
life is in danger.
Six days wait are mandatory prior to
A medical discussion or counseling is
compulsory before the procedure.
Terminating is legal until 12
A lot of restrictive laws are placed
in the country for aborting after
12 weeks have past.
Pregnancy termination is allowed
on demand for the initial 12
weeks of conception.
After 12 weeks of gestation, the
woman has to give a reason
“compelling” enough for her to
be permitted to abort.
Anyone within 12 weeks of
pregnancy can buy abortion
pills or access surgery legally
and on demand.
Abortion is allowed past first
12 weeks, but there are lots of
Pregnancy terminations are allowed
legally until the 18th week – both by
MTP Kit (Medical abortion) and
Most abortive procedures are illegal
after 22 weeks, save few exceptions.
In between the 18th -22 weeks,
pregnancy can be ended if the woman
has an approval from the National
Board of Health and Welfare.
A waiting period of five days
is compulsory for counseling
prior to the procedure
Underage girls are not
allowed to abort without their
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