Western Europe

In all the countries of Western Europe (except for Ireland, Northern Ireland and Malta), abortion is legally available, albeit with certain conditions.

Access to safe abortion services in Europe is largely determined by the character of the law, but not completely. As in most countries, a lot depends on the way the law is interpreted by the authorities and service providers.

The abortion need in Western Europe is substantially less than for Central and Eastern Europe. This is generally attributed to the methods of birth control used by both the married and the unmarried which are often of better quality and more readily accessible.