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
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.