What is the time limit for having an abortion?

An abortion may only be carried out up to the 24th week of the pregnancy. If you are less than 17 days overdue, the mandatory five-day wait time does not apply.

Legal time limit for abortion

An abortion may be performed up to the time when the foetus is viable outside the mother’s body. Under the Criminal Code, this is 24 weeks. In practice, doctors apply a two-week margin of error, and stick to a time limit of 22 weeks.

Late abortion

After the 24th week, a doctor may only terminate the pregnancy for serious medical reasons, for instance because the foetus is not viable outside the mother’s body. In such cases, the doctor must observe the due care criteria (only in Dutch) for late termination of pregnancy.