ICELAND – An already liberal abortion law further reformed: “ready for the 21st century”

On 14 May 2019, the Icelandic parliament passed a bill that legalises abortion on request within the first 22 weeks of pregnancy regardless of circumstances. Abortion was previously legal within the same timeframe; however, the decision to terminate a pregnancy after the 16th week required the approval of a committee. That decision is now solely in the hands of the pregnant person. The bill was passed with 40 votes for, 18 against, 3 abstentions and … Continued

ICELAND – Progressive changes proposed to the abortion law

Health Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir has decided to submit a bill to parliament which, if approved, would allow abortion on request up to 22 weeks in Iceland, as reported by RÚV. Under current law, women are permitted to have an abortion up to the 16th week of pregnancy if there are specifically approved health reasons or for ‘social reasons’ such as if the pregnancy is the result of a rape. The existing law also allows for … Continued

FETAL ANOMALY – Ending a pregnancy because of Down’s Syndrome is not a precursor to eugenics

On 19 August, Quartz published a post about the prevalence of Down syndrome in Iceland in which the author Bonnie Rochman writes: “In Iceland, nearly every woman who undergoes prenatal testing and whose fetus receives a diagnosis of Down syndrome decides to end her pregnancy.”

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