Photo: Christine Olsson/TT
File photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Early abortions more common in Sweden

New statistics from the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare show that women are having earlier abortions, with half carried out before the seventh week of pregnancy.

Last year, 50 percent of abortions in Sweden were carried out before the seventh week of pregnancy, compared to 41 percent in 2012, which was the last time statistcs were collected. In 1983, only three percent of abortions were performed before the seventh week. 

Most often in Sweden, medicine is administered to initiate abortions - last year, 88 percent of abortions were carried out in this way.

Roughly a quarter of all pregnancies among women between the ages of 15 and 44 end with abortion, a figure which has been roughly the same since 1975. Abortions are most common among women between the ages of 20 and 24.

In total, a little over 36,600 abortions were reported to the Board of Health and Welfare.

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