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Christian Democrats May Try to Limit Abortion Rights

Published torsdag 24 maj 2007 kl 12.24
Göran Hägglund

According to reports in Swedish media, the Christian Democrat Party could demand reform of Sweden’s abortion laws, to reduce Sweden’s current 22-week limit for abortions.



Under existing legislation, women in Sweden can have abortions up to the 22nd week of pregnancy in special cases, although only with the permission of the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Some party members also want to cut the limit for abortions without special permission from 18 weeks to 12 weeks, although the party leadership has rejected this.

The Christian Democrats traditionally favour limiting abortion rights, but party leader Göran Hägglund, who is also Minister for Social Affairs, has been criticised from within his own party, for allowing foreign women to come to Sweden for abortions.

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