A move to restrict abortion in Norway is a particularly stark example of the readiness with which women’s reproductive vulnerability is traded as a kind of political capital
The demonstrations were called against government plans to restrict women’s access to abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy, which are the subject of talks between the ruling minority coalition and a small party seeking to join the government. Both the coalition and the small party would gain a hold on power at women’s expense. Women are not having it. SOURCE: Channel News Asia, 17 November 2018 ; PHOTO: Lefteris Karagiannopoulos/Reuters
On 30 October 2018, there were 2,000 people in a demonstration in Oslo against Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who is trying to change the abortion law so that she can gain the support of the Christian Democratic Party for a coalition government. This party is currently considering whether to go into coalition with a conservative government or a social democratic government. Emily McLean, member of Women’s Front, spoke at the rally in Bergen the same day, … Continued
In this case, a GP, who is Catholic, sued a local municipality for firing her for refusing to insert IUDs. The GP was hired in 2011. The municipality agreed when they hired her that she would not need to insert IUDs since there were a number of other GPs in her practice who she could refer women to. The Supreme Court, hearing the case, said this was not an illegal contract under the regulations valid … Continued
by: – Nikolai Astrup, Minister of International Development, Norway – Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister, Sweden – Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark – Anne-Mari Virolainen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Finland “This year, in 2018, it is 50 years since reproductive rights – including the right to decide whether to have children and how many children to have – were first formally recognised. More … Continued
Medical abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol was introduced in Norway in 1998, and since then there has been an almost complete change from pre-dominantly surgical to medical abortions. We aimed to describe the medical abortion implementation process, and to compare characteristics of women obtaining medical abortion.
The Norwegian Christian Democratic Party once again met strong objections after putting a proposal on the table requiring women to have a mandatory waiting period before having an abortion to “reflect” on their decision. Diagrun Eriksen, who proposed the new restriction, was heavily criticised for failing to acknowledge that women already wait at least a week for an abortion in the country.