Members of the Justice Committee in the Belgian parliament have re-opened the debate on the decriminalisation of abortion. Five bills have been tabled, all of which go further than the current law, as amended in October 2018. But there are differences between the bills and the parties supporting them. Hence, there may not be a sufficient majority for decriminalisation of abortion. The law reform of October 2018 legalised abortion under in certain conditions, but did … Continued
The Belgian parliament has passed a law to allow recording of the death of a fetus from 140 days (20 weeks) of pregnancy, i.e. earlier than at the previous 180 days (26 weeks) of pregnancy. It comes at the end of a long process over several legislative sessions of various initiatives to recognise a miscarried fetus as well as a stillbirth. The law makes it mandatory to record the death in the communal register of … Continued
Commentary by Carine Vrancken, LUNA Abortion Centre, Hasselt, Belgium Since mid-2016, several Belgian opposition political parties have submitted bills to change the abortion law. Some of them have been uncomplicated (take the existing text out of the penal code and put it in a civil law, without changing the content) while others have proposed a substantial change (take abortion out of the penal code, allow abortion on request up to the 20th week of pregnancy … Continued
A sudden rush of media stories in February and March has announced a campaign in Belgium that is variously calling variously for modernisation of the abortion law, decriminalisation of abortion, and complete removal of abortion from the Penal Code, insisting that there is a strong majority in support in the country. The necessity for Belgian women to travel to other countries in Europe for second trimester abortion is especially condemned. L’avortement n’a pas sa place … Continued
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.