Drug treatment at risk
A compulsory five-day reconsideration time-out may create unnecessary thresholds for certain types of treatment and good abortion care. Most women opt for termination at an early stage of their pregnancy. The choice for treatment with the abortion pill may be jeopardised if a woman presents to a doctor in the 9th week of pregnancy. Because of the obligatory five days reflection period, only instrumental treatment is then possible. This situation occurs regularly. In practice, more and more women prefer to be treated with the abortion pill.
Moreover, there are no other medical interventions or interventions in health care where a statutory five-day reflection period applies. In France, Sweden and Denmark the reconsideration time-out was abolished some time ago or never came into force. Here, too, the conclusion was drawn that a mandatory reconsideration time limit creates unnecessary barriers.
Ineke: “For the first time since the introduction of the Abortion Act in the Netherlands, 38 years ago, the law has been amended, this is a great leap forward.”