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of the Swiss Confederation

Book Two: Specific Provisions
Title One: Offences against Life and Limb
< Art. 117 1. Homicide. / Homicide through negligence
> Art. 119 2. Abortion. / Legal abortion

Art. 1181

2. Abortion.

Illegal abortion

1 Any person who terminates a pregnancy with the consent of the pregnant woman or incites or assists a pregnant woman to terminate her pregnancy without the requirements of Article 119 being fulfilled is liable to a custodial sentence not exceeding five years or to a monetary penalty.

2 Any person who terminates a pregnancy without the consent of the pregnant woman is liable to a custodial sentence of from one2 to ten years.

3 Any woman who has her pregnancy terminated or otherwise participates in the termination of her pregnancy following the end of the twelfth week since her last period and without the requirements of Article 119 being fulfilled is liable to a custodial sentence not exceeding three years or to a monetary penalty.

4 In cases falling under paragraphs 1 and 3 above, prescription takes effect after three years.3


1 Amended by No I of the Federal Act of 23 March 2001 (Abortion), in force since 1 Oct. 2002 (AS 2002 2989 2992; BBl 1998 3005 5376).
2 Term in accordance with No II 1 para. 4 of the Federal Act of 13 Dec. 2002, in force since 1 Jan. 2007 (AS 2006 3459 3535; BBl 1999 1979). This amendment has been taken into account throughout the Second Book.
3 Amended by No I of the Federal Act of 22 March 2002 (Limitation of the Right to Prosecute), in force since 1 Oct. 2002 (AS 2002 2986 2988; BBl 2002 2673 1649).

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