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)
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
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