accordance with article 16 of Law No. 7491, dated April 29, 1991 "On the
Main constitutional dispositions", with the proposal of the Council of
Assembly of the
Chapter I. General Dispositions
law guarantees respect of any human being from the beginning of life.
This principle should not be breached, except in cases when it is indispensable
and in circumstances foreseen in this law.
of this principle, information on problems of life and national demography,
education with social responsibilities, being of child in the society and family
planning are national duties. bodies of central
and local governments realize these duties and encourage any initiative in
favor of their accomplishment.
law is based on the following principles:
Health services of all levels should use family planning services as a means of
avoiding unwanted pregnancy. Abortion will in no case be considered as a
method of family planning.
A woman has a right to be accurately informed and counselled
prior to the interruption of pregnancy.
In cases when abortion does not contradict provisions of this law, it must be effected in safe conditions for women's health
Women should be provided in all cases with health service for treatment of
eventual complications after abortion.
Family planning counselling and service after
abortion should be immediate with the view of avoiding unwanted pregnancies.
Termination of pregnancy is allowed only when circumstances envisioned in this
law are certified and in any case with agreement of women.
Chapter II. Interruption of Pregnancy
of pregnancy on request is performed by a physician-specialist,
obstetrician-gynecologist, in public and private health institutions, in
compliance with conditions defined in the pertinent instructions of the
Minister of Health and Environment Protection.
physician addressed for abortion on request, should inform the woman from the
very first visit about:
Health hazards resulting from abortion for future pregnancies and biological
problems of medical intervention.
Rights, assistance and advantages for family, mother and child as well as
possibilities of adopting children which are to be born, are protected by law.
Institutions and bodies which may offer moral and financial support to women.
Clinics and hospitals performing abortion.
The Minister of Health and Environmental Protection shall define special instructions on the content, design, and distribution of informative materials provided for in Article 4.
case a woman, after being informed of provisions contained in article 5,
repeals the request for abortion, she is asked by the physician to confirm her
request in writing. This confirmation is asked at least after seven days
from the first request.
possible, in physician and taking the decision on abortion, the husband or
the time span of seven days surpasses the periods envisaged in this law, the
physician may decide to reduce it in two days.
case of confirmation, physician performs abortion in conditions defined in
article 3. When the physician who is addressed is not the one to perform
intervention, the request is given back to the woman, article it by a
certificate on the observance of procedures of articles 4 and 6, to be
presented to the physician who will perform the abortion.
or private institution where a woman is accepted,
should include in her file her request and the certificate for observation of
cases or not matrimonial pregnancies in young girls up to 16 years old, for
abortion consent of the person exercising parental authority or legal
protection is requested.
request of the girl should be made not in presence of persons mentioned in the
the newly married young girls provisions of article 7 are applied.
for medical reason can be made up to the certificate week of pregnancy,
provided a commission of three physicians decides, after examination and
consultation, that continuation of pregnancy and/or childbirth would put
woman's life or health at risk.
commission decides that deformity of the fetus is incurable or treatment of
handicap is unsure, the termination of pregnancy can be performed at any time.
Minister of Health and Environment Protection defined by a special order cases
of the above-mentioned paragraph of this article, as well as conditions
required for physicians of the commission.
cases when a woman considers that pregnancy causes psychological and social
problems, abortion on request may be performed up to the end of the 12th week
for social reason can be performed up to the end of the 22nd week, provided a
commission of three specialists, physician, social worker, lawyer, after
examination and consultation decides that pregnancy is result of a rape or
other sexual crime or other social reasons are present.
on treatment of such cases and composition of the commission will be given on
the consent of the Minister of Health and Environment Protection.
interruption of pregnancy will be subject of a statement confirmed by the
physician performing it and sent by the concerned institution to the
of the woman is not included in the statement or other information.
counselling women centres
are obliged to provide women requesting abortion with information and counsel
envisaged by this law and other by-law acts for its implementation.
all cases of termination of pregnancy, the physician performing it is obliged
to inform women of family planning services and advise them about contraceptive
methods offered by the institution where he works and/or other public or
Chapter III. Special Dispositions
kind of propaganda or advertisement, direct or indirect, by words or images, on
medicaments or products causing interruption of pregnancy, except those in
scientific publications advertisement for physicians or pharmacists, is
physician can be imposed to perform abortion against his will.
of provisions foreseen in articles 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 and 16 of this law, when
it is not considered a penal crime, is punished as administrative infringement
with a fine from 50 thousand to 100 thousand leks.
of provisions envisaged in article 15 is fined up to 100 thousand leks.
are issued by control bodies appointed by the Minister of Health and
against the control body and the execution of decisions is made in compliance
with the law no. 7697 dated 7.4.1993 "On
Council of Ministers approves public tariffs for interruption of pregnancy.
All dispositions which are not in conformity with this law become
law shall enter into force 15 days after it has been published in the Official