Dropping the Ball or Holding the Line? Challenges to Abortion Laws in the Nordic Countries

Posted: 31 Jan 2018

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Heli Askola

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2018

Abstract

This article examines recent developments regarding the legal regulation of abortion in Sweden, Finland and Norway. Ever since abortion laws in the Nordic countries were overhauled in the 1970s, largely in a response to the feminist movement, abortion has been considered to be largely non-politicised. However, recently all three countries have seen abortion re-emerge repeatedly in the political and legal arena. This article examines the various proposals to amend abortion legislation, asking whether they can be explained with reference to recent international developments in anti-abortion politics. The article argues that although the recent Nordic developments have limited immediate consequences for the availability of abortion as a public service, they suggest, perhaps more importantly, that a long-term struggle is emerging over public opinion supporting universal abortion access.

Suggested Citation

Askola, Heli, Dropping the Ball or Holding the Line? Challenges to Abortion Laws in the Nordic Countries (January 1, 2018). Women's Studies International Forum 66, 25-32; Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3108201

Heli Askola (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Clayton, Victoria 3800
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