Belgium to debate removal of abortion from penal code
Opposition parties believed to be broadly in favour of decriminalisation
Daniel Boffey in Brussels
Wed 2 May 2018
Belgian MPs are taking a major step towards the decriminalisation of abortion after a parliamentary majority emerged in favour of following France and Luxembourg in treating the procedure as a woman’s right.
The federal parliament decided on Wednesday to start debating the removal of abortion from the penal code after a large survey of the public indicated its approval, and the minister of public health for the francophone Walloon region of Belgium offered her support.