From bans to easy access: Abortion laws around the world

 | Updated: Mar 02, 2020, 12:58 PM IST

Argentina set to become the first major Latin American country to legalise abortion. Its president, Alberto Fernández has said that he intends to send a legal abortion bill to congress in the next 10 days.

Let's take a look at the countries where abortion is legal: 


Abortion became legal in Italy in May 1978, when Italian women were allowed to terminate a pregnancy on request during the first 90 days.

However, doctors who identify as "conscientious objectors," can refuse from aborting a child in the country.


Spain Parliament

It is legal in the country with some restrictions. 

Abortion during the first trimester is legal upon request.

However, abortion during the second trimester is legal only for serious risk to the health of the woman or fetal defects. 


Canada courthouse

It is legal at all stages of pregnancy and funded partially by the Canada Health Act.

It is the only nation with absolutely no specific legal restrictions on abortion.



It is legal in the country until the 10th month of conception.

Abortion in Turkey was legalised in 1983 to reduce the high number of women dying from unsafe, self-induced terminations. 


Record snowfall hits Moscow

It is legal in Russia as an elective procedure up to the 12th week of pregnancy, and in special circumstances at later stages.


File photo of Great Wall of China

It is legal in legal in China and is a government service available on request for women.

(Photograph:Zee News Network)

Representational picture. View of the Eiffel Tower. Paris, 1997.

It is legal on demand up to 12 weeks after conception.

Abortions at later stages of pregnancy are allowed if two physicians certify that the abortion will be done to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman.



It is legal in Australia. All states and territories of the country fully decriminalized abortion in October 2019.



Abortion is legal on request (gestational limits vary) in the Latin American country which has a population of 11.2 million.



Abortion in Uruguay is legal on request before twelve weeks of gestation, after a five-day reflection period. 

Abortion has been legalized in Uruguay since 2012.



Abortion is legal in Texas. However, its law requires all women seeking an abortion to have at least 2 visits to the abortion facility.