Belgien

 

FPA (Flemish): CGSO Trefpunt FPA (French): Fédération Laïque de Centres de Planning Familial (FLCPF) Tel. +32 (9) 2210722 / cgso@pandora.be Tel. +32 (2) 5028203 / flcpf@freegates.be Website: http://www.cgso.be Website: http://home.tiscalinet.be/-flcpf


LEGISLATION

  • Law on termination of pregnancy 3 April 1990
  • National Evaluation Committee (Law of 13 August 1990)

GROUNDS/GESTATIONAL LIMITS
Abortion remains forbidden (art. 348, 350, 351, 352 of the Penal Code) but legal up to 12 weeks after conception (14 weeks pregnancy):

  • If the pregnancy causes a ‘state of distress/emergency' for the woman (– the law does not define the state of distress/emergency)

No limit:

 

  • ‘Serious' risk to health of woman
  • Risk of fetal ‘extremely serious and incurable disease'

REGULATIONS/CONDITIONS

  • Consultation with a doctor
  • Compulsory waiting period (6 days)
  • Compulsory counselling on alternatives to abortion (adoption, keeping the baby)
  • Parental consent for minors not mentioned in the law
  • A 2nd doctor's opinion requested in case of ‘serious' risks of health to woman or if the fetus is judged to be suffering from an ‘extremely serious or incurable disease'

COST
 

Since December 2001, abortion is reimbursed if performed in an abortion clinic that has signed an agreement with the national institute for social security (RIZIV). The contribution women have to pay is very limited (€ 3,08 or US$ 4). Abortions performed in hospitals or one-day clinics are not fully reimbursed. Depending upon the setting, women have to pay:

 

  • Hospitals (single room): Euro 75-225 (US$ 95-290)
  • One-day clinics: Euro 32-70 (US$ 41-90)

 

DISPARITY IN THE APPLICATION OF THE LAW:

 

COMMENTS:


The law is quite liberally interpreted. Most abortions are performed in abortion clinics (non-profit organisations)