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Abortion laws in most European countries are more pro-life than in the US

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A Mississippi late-term abortion restriction that has received widespread criticism within U.S. media would be mainstream in Europe, according to a new study that found that 47 European countries have restrictions that are similar to Mississippi’s law — if not more restrictive.


The study by the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute was released this week as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a fall case on the constitutionality of Mississippi’s law, which prohibits abortion after the fifteenth week of a woman’s term. The law includes exceptions for medical emergencies and fetal abnormality. 

“No European country allows elective abortion through all nine months of pregnancy as is permitted in the United States, where Supreme Court precedent only allows states to regulate it after viability,” Angelina B. Nguyen, an associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, wrote in the study.

By comparison, 39 European countries limit elective abortion to 15 weeks or earlier in the pregnancy, while eight European countries do not allow elective abortion, the study found


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