“It cannot be practiced indefinitely”

“It cannot be practiced indefinitely”
“It cannot be practiced indefinitely”

Currently, abortion is possible up to twelve weeks. Several parties want to extend the time limit for performing an abortion to 18 weeks. The CD&V continues to insist on a maximum period of 14 weeks. The Flemish Christian Democrats will make it “a breaking point” in future government negotiations, after the elections, their president has warned.

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“Everyone agrees that women should be able to make their choice, and we also agree that abortion cannot be practiced indefinitely,” said Sammy Mahdi, in response to a question from a viewer.

If the CD&V is invited to federal negotiations, abortion after fourteen weeks will not be negotiable, according to him. “We have made an opening for euthanasia in cases of dementia. And we also demand an opening in matters of abortion: ensure that the criminalization of women is removed from the law, ensure that the six-day reflection period, often very tragic for women, is shortened and make so that contraception becomes free,” the president listed.

An extension to fourteen weeks is possible for the CD&V. “The average in Europe is between ten and twelve weeks. In France, after a multidisciplinary study, it was decided to extend it to fourteen weeks,” he said, calling on the parties to “a certain amount of caution” on this issue.

Under the outgoing legislature, a proposed PS law was never able to pass the plenary stage following multiple referrals to the Council of State, requested in particular by the Flemish Christian Democrats. This text notably provided for extending the possible time limit for having an abortion to 18 weeks.

The Vivaldi government agreement had left the proposal to parliament, while providing for the carrying out of a study on the law by a multidisciplinary scientific committee. This report, however, did not make it possible to reach a consensus within the outgoing majority.

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