EVALUATION TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY ACT
THE LAW
Under the Termination of Pregnancy Act abortion is non-punishable in The Netherlands, provided that specific conditions are met and restrictions observed. It thereby creates a degree of leeway for help to women in an emergency situation as a result of an unwanted pregnancy, with due regard for the protection of unborn human life.
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1. You are afraid that you may be pregnant. What to do now?
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2. What exactly is an abortion?
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3. Is abortion legal in The Netherlands?
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4. What if I am under 16?
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5. Is an abortion painful?
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6. How long does the abortion procedure take?
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7. What exactly is the abortion pill?
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8. What are the costs involved?
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9. Will I get local or general anaesthesia?
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10. What are the risks of an abortion?
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11. Can I have children after an abortion?
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12. Where can I turn for an abortion?
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13. How long before I can have sex again?
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14. After abortion, the best thing to do is to pick up your normal activities if you feel you can handle them.
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15. Will I feel extremely guilty after the abortion?
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16. Do I need to stay in bed after the abortion?
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17. Can my partner or mother stay with me during the surgery?
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18. Will anyone else know about the intended abortion?
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19. When can I go back to work?
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20. When is the best time to start contraception after the abortion?
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21. Can I discuss my problem in confidence over the Internet?
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22. Is there also help for men if they have problems about abortion?
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23. Where can muslim girls go to have a hymen reconstruction carried out?