Long Waits for Abortions

Swedish Radio News reports concerns over the long waiting period for women here who want abortions.

In Stockholm, for example, the wait just to see a doctor before an abortion has been three to four weeks, with several more weeks before the procedure can be performed.

Experts point out that if women could see doctors within one or two weeks, they would be able to abort using drugs, rather than having to undergo much riskier operations. The government has now told the National Social Welfare Board to take steps to reduce the waiting time.

In Sweden all women have the right to an abortion until the 18th week of pregnancy.

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