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Abortion has been always a controversial area of law as it concerns the sacred right of life. Therefore, Abortion is, in principle, prohibited under Article 16 of the Federal Decree Law no. 4 of 2016 concerning Medical Liability (the “Old Law”) unless in certain cases and under specific conditions. On 16 September 2023, Federal Decree law no. 18 of 2023 (the “New Law”) came into force and introduced amendments to Article 16 of the Old Law.
As was the position under the Old Law, the New Law prohibits, in principle, abortion of pregnancy unless in two cases (“Cases”), as follows:
The New Law however introduced, among other things, fundamental amendments to some conditions that need to be satisfied in the two Cases, as follows:
In addition to the above two Cases, the New law has authorized the Cabinet to issue a resolution includes other cases wherein abortion could be allowed and the conditions of such new cases, if any.
Medical facilities, and specifically private ones, should be alerted and draw special attention to the new amendments introduced under the New Law and update their policies accordingly.
If you are having any queries related to the New Law and its implications, please feel free to contact one of our key contacts.