The Abortion Act

The Swedish Abortion Act grants all women the right to abortion, regardless of country of residence and citizenship.

The Act articulates that women are free to have an abortion before the end of the eighteenth week of a pregnancy. After this point, special permission from the National Board of Health and Welfare is required. The Board will allow an abortion under special circumstances and if the foetus cannot be expected to be viable outside the womb.

According to the Act, women are entitled to counselling both prior to and after an abortion. If a woman’s native language is not Swedish, she is entitled to an authorised interpreter of her choice in connection with the abortion.

The National Board of Health and Welfare’s provisions (SOSFS 2009:15) also emphasise the healthcare provider’s obligation to furnish whatever information the woman needs as well as to offer birth control advice before or after the abortion.

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