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September-22-00

Swiss Parliament Accepts Abortion Rights Bill

On September 21st, Switzerland's upper House of Parliament passed an abortion rights bill, by a vote of 21 to 18, that would allow a woman to have an abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Two years earlier the Lower House of Parliament voted to pass another pro-abortion legislation that grant women the right to the medical procedure with a 14-week time limit. It is anticipated that both Houses of Parliament will soon reach a consensus on the abortion legislation and that the new legislation will be in effect as law by the year 2002.

Media Resources: SVSS / USPDA Press Release on September 21, 2000 (www.svss-uspda.ch)