It’s been 26 years since abortion was decriminalised in Belgium on medical grounds up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. It was an enormous breakthrough, allowing women the autonomy to decide their life course. But 26 years later, abortion remains in the penal code as a crime against family order and public morals.
Deux députés sp.a souhaitent porter la limite de l’avortement de douze à vingt semaines, comme c’est le cas aux Pays-Bas, rapportent mardi De Standaard et Het Nieuwsblad. Two members of the SP.A wish to bring the upper time limit for abortions from 12 to 20 weeks in Belgium, as is already the case in the Netherlands, which was reported recently in De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad.
In 2016, Belgian politicians will (perhaps) finally decriminalise abortion in Belgium. Muriel Gerkens, member of the Ecolo (Green) Party, has tabled a bill to remove abortion from the Penal Code so that it is no longer regarded as a criminal offence.
An abortion reform bill bill was tabled on 9 June 2016, seeking to extend the time limit for abortion from 12 to 14 weeks and remove abortion from the Penal Code.