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Denmark raises abortion cap – NRK Urix – Foreign news and documentaries

The Danish government and a number of parties agreed to raise the abortion limit in the country.

He writes Radio Denmark (DR).

As of June 1, 2025, you can have an abortion before the end of week 18. Today, the cutoff for abortion in Denmark is week 12.

– After 50 years, it is time for abortion rules to keep up with the times, and we are now working to strengthen women's right to self-determination, says Danish Minister of Health, Sophie Lohde (V), in a press release.

– There is no occupancy within the current limits

Meanwhile, 15- to 17-year-olds are allowed to have an abortion without parental consent, Dr.

From a health perspective, there is no justification for the current weekly limit, and there is no indication that there will be a significantly higher number of miscarriages or later by raising the limit, says Lohde.

The Danish Ethics Council has recommended that the abortion limit be lifted in September 2023.

The arguments were that a higher limit would give women better time and opportunity to consider abortion.

The council disagreed

However, it was not a unified council that came up with the recommendation. 9 out of 17 panelists concluded that the limit should be moved from week 12 to week 18, Dr.

Four members wanted the cap to be raised to 15 weeks, while the final four wanted to keep the 12-week rule.

Minister for Digitalization and Equality Marie Pierre (V) described it as a “landmark day for women’s equality”.

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The right to free abortion is a fundamental right that is absolutely crucial to a woman's life and opportunities. All over the world, this right to freedom is being undone. In Denmark, we are instead working to promote women's right to free abortion, says Bjeri in the press release.

Half of them want the Norwegian border lifted

The Norwegian government also announced that it will propose raising the abortion limit from week 12 to week 18.

A survey conducted by Norstat for NRK shows that nearly half of respondents are positive about this proposal.

In 2024, the government will introduce a new abortion law. It entails the right to self-induced abortion up to week 18. Its adoption depends on a majority in Parliament – ​​this is not certain.

Of the 1,021 responses, it appears that nearly half, 49 percent, of those asked would raise the limit for self-induced abortion to 18 weeks. Two out of ten don't know what they mean. While three out of ten will maintain the current arrangement regarding the 12-week cap.

In the age group of 18 to 39 years, the majority would raise the limit for self-induced abortion to 18 weeks.

03.05.2024 at 07.19

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