Macedonia to adopt new law on medical termination of pregnancy


Macedonia will adopt a new law on medical termination of pregnancy where pregnant women would be able to freely decide whether to stop their pregnancy until week 12, Macedonian Health Minister Venko Filipce declared on Thursday.

According to the new law, currently under discussion in parliament, women in Macedonia will be enabled to make a free choice whether to end pregnancy until the 22nd week of gestation following an estimation of a three member committee.

Filipce announced the new law would be adopted during his address in a symposium on congenital anomalies, organized by the Macedonian Medical Association.

"After the 22nd week, a committee will be set up, to make an assessment whether to approve termination of a pregnancy. In case of a congenital anomaly of the fetus, women will have the right to terminate their pregnancy cased on the opinion of various medical specialists," stated Filipce, adding in the new law, the will of women is given importance.

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