NORWAY – Thousands of protesters demonstrate in Norwegian cities for the second time this month

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 … Continued

SCANDINAVIA – Dropping the ball or holding the line? Challenges to abortion laws in the Nordic countries

This article examines recent developments regarding the legal regulation of abortion in Sweden, Finland and Norway. Ever since abortion laws in the Nordic countries were overhauled in the 1970s, largely in a response to the feminist movement, abortion has been considered to be largely non-politicised. However, recently all three countries have seen abortion re-emerge repeatedly in the political and legal arena. This article examines the various proposals to amend abortion legislation, asking whether they can be explained with reference to recent international developments in anti-abortion politics. The article argues that although the recent Nordic developments have limited immediate consequences for the availability of abortion as a public service, they suggest, perhaps more importantly, that a long-term struggle is emerging over public opinion supporting universal abortion access.

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