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Litauen

 

Member Association: Šeimos Planavimo ir Seksualinės Sveikatos Asociācija (FPSHA) Tel. +370 (2) 731630 / lithfpa@takas.lt

 

LEGISLATION

Abortion has been legal since a governmental decision by the Soviet Union in November 1955. A November 1987 decision by the Ministry of Health of the Soviet Union extended the grounds for the interruption of pregnancy of more than 12 weeks to non-medical grounds. Since 1994, abortion is regulated by a decree of the Lithuanian Minister of Health which replaced the former Soviet law, and restricted again the grounds for an abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy

 

GROUNDS/GESTATIONAL LIMITS

 

Up to 12 weeks

  • On request

 

Up to 22 weeks

  • Risk to life of woman
  • Risk to physical health of woman
  • Risk to mental health of woman
  • Risk of fetal malformation

 

REGULATIONS/CONDITIONS

  • Written parental consent required for minors (under 16)
  • Abortions can be performed only by physicians and only in medical institutions
  • Consultation with a doctor required
  • Examination of the woman required (blood test, cervical smear)

 

COST

LTL 70 (US$ 25) in public clinics, more expensive in the private ones

 

DISPARITY IN THE APPLICATION OF THE LAW

 

COMMENTS

There is no abortion law, only a decree by the Minister of Health. This decree could easily be voided or altered by any Minister of Health holding more restrictive views on abortion.

Regulations for abortion are liberal. Abortions are performed by qualified medical doctors, and there are only few deaths related to abortion. The government, in its policies, should give more attention to family planning services, and evaluate the potential socio-economic benefits of such a policy change.

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