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Lithuanian Ministry of Health proposes waiting period for women wanting an abortion and plans to introduce medical abortion.


The Lithuanian minister of Health, Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė, recently proposed introducing a mandatory waiting period of 72 hours before a woman can have an abortion. The motion says that within these 72 hours woman must be provided with information about alternative possibilities, undergo mandatory psychological counselling and receive any other help which might help her make the decision to keep the pregnancy. The woman would also receive information about family planning methods. Additionally, the draft new bill on termination of pregnancy suggests allowing medical abortion. Before signing the document Šalaševičiūtė intends to hold public hearings.

Source: DELFI (in Lithuanian), DELFI (English)

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