Abortions more frequent in Sweden

While sales of the morning after pill have skyrocketed in recent years, unwanted pregnancies have not dropped and abortions have become even more frequent, reports newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The morning after pill went on sale in Sweden 12 years ago. Health authorities hoped the pill would lead to fewer abortions, but since 2001 abortions have instead risen.

In the first six months of 2012, 19,000 abortions were performed in Sweden, which equates to 21 abortions per 1,000 women, compared to 18 abortions per 1,000 women in 2001.

Ian Milsom, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Gothenburg University, tells Dagens Nyheter that abortions are more frequent in Sweden than in other countries.

Women between 20 and 24 years-old are overrepresented in the statistics.

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