Letland

 

FPA: Latvijas Gimenes Planošanas un Seksualas Veselibas Asociacija "Papardes Zieds" (LAFPSH) Tel. +371 (7) 242700 / lfpa@mailbox.riga.lv Website: http://www.papardeszieds.lv


LEGISLATION

A ‘Law of Sexual and Reproductive Health' was adopted by the parliament on January 31, 2002. The law determines the grounds for the termination of pregnancy. The law entered into force on July 1, 2002.

 

GROUNDS/GESTATIONAL LIMITS

 

Up to 12 weeks

  • On request
  • In case of violation (rape)

 

Up to 22 weeks

  • Special medical grounds

 

REGULATIONS/CONDITIONS

  • Parental consent required for minors (under 16)
  • Abortions have to be performed only in government medical centres and private medical centres under contract with the health insurance

 

COST

From LVL 25 (US$ 47.6) to LVL 65 (US$ 123.6)

 

DISPARITY IN THE APPLICATION OF THE LAW

 

COMMENTS

Abortion rates are still very high even though continuously declining from 30.8 per 1000 women of reproductive age in 2001 to 28 per 1000 in 2002.