Thursday, 22 november, the Parliament of Luxemburg has voted 39 : 21 to change its abortion law of 1978. Women now have the right, within the first 12 weeks, to decide for themselves whether or not to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. After 12 weeks, abortion is legal for medical reasons.
Women have to have “social” counselling and 3 days of “cooling off period” before the intervention.
Minors can abort without parental knowledge, if they are accompagnied by an adult of their confidence.
Left parties and feminists deplore the compulsory counselling which had to be conceded in order to obtain the parliamentary majority. But all in all, the new law is a great step forward: women decide!
(There is no 2nd Chamber in Luxemburg and the Grand Duke has lost his power to veto laws 3 years ago. So the new law is definitively adopted. Luxemburg has 500’000 inhabitants and is member of the European Union.)