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  Abortion in Swizerland
Press release from USPDA

Swiss Union for decriminalizing abortion (Union suisse pour decriminaliser l'avortement, Schweiz. Vereinigung für Straflosigkeit des Schwangerschaftsabbruchs, Unione svizzera per decriminalizzare l'aborto)

Press release

Today 21st September, the upper House of Parliament (Senat) has accepted by 21 to 18 votes a bill granting abortion on request of the woman within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The Lower House (House of Representatives) has already accepted a similar bill in October 1998, with a 14 weeks time limit.

We expect that the two Houses will soon find a consensus and that the new legislation can become effective by 2002.

Anti-choice groups will try to ask for a referendum by collecting 50'000 signatures, but we are convinced that if the electorate has to vote, Swiss citizens will accept the principle of a woman's free choice.

Anne-Marie Rey
co-president USPDA

Press releases in French and German on our homepage: www.svss-uspda.ch

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