Terminating unwanted pregnancy

  • Find it in the Law:
    The Law on Termination of Pregnancy establishes the right to abortion. The specific conditions in which you are allowed to terminate your pregnancy after the tenth week are outlined in the Administrative Instruction of the Ministry of Health on “Special Circumstances and medical indications for termination of pregnancy in safe conditions in the Republic of Kosovo ” (AI 09/2011).
  • Who is responsible:
    You and the health institution
  • Who can help me:
    Health inspectorate
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You are a young woman and want to terminate your pregnancy for one reason or another. You should know that the Law supports your right to choose if you want to have the baby or not, but that there are some constraints related to your age and the stage of your pregnancy. The Law for the Termination of Pregnancy states that if you are over 18, you have the right to electively terminate your pregnancy within the first ten weeks of your pregnancy. Nevertheless, if you are under the age of 18, you have to get consent from your parents or legal guardians in order to electively terminate your pregnancy. Termination after the tenth week of pregnancy is possible only and if there are serious health implications for you and your baby, or if it can be legally determined that the pregnancy came as a result of special circumstances such as rape or incest. The law specifically prohibits you from terminating your pregnancy for reasons such as disliking the gender of the embryo.

The decision to terminate your pregnancy before the tenth week is ultimately yours, while the healthcare institution is responsible to inform you about all of the potential medical implications before you make your decision. The date for the termination should be set at least two days after a final decision on the abortion has been taken. In case you have to terminate your pregnancy after the tenth week, e special three-member committee (consisted of two gynecologists and one psychiatrist) in your clinic would have to review your case and determine whether there are valid reasons to do so.


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