The English abortion law, passed in 1967, is the most liberal in Europe. Abortion can be had on request up to the 12th week of pregnancy if the pregnancy can be dangerous to the mental or physical health of the mother or of the newborn, and if there are risks of abnormalities. These conditions must be witnessed by 2 doctors, one of whom will have to report the abortion to the medical authorities. No parental consent is necessary for minors, and foreigners can be assisted in English hospitals. Other European countries with liberal abortion laws are Austria, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. More conservative laws are to be found in Switzerland, Holland, and Norway. Abortion is absolutely forbidden in all catholic countries, except for strict medical reasons. Russia introduced abortion on request in 1955 not only for medical reasons, but for social and economic ones as well. Most other east European countries also have liberal abortion laws. Complications after abortion are about 2/20 abortions; the percentage increases considerably if abortion is performed after the first trimester. Procedures for 2nd trimester abortion include injection of saline solution, of urea, or of prostaglandins. Psychological consequences of abortion are even more important than medical or pathological ones. An even more serious problem is the emotional health of children from an unwanted pregnancy.