1959: abortion is allowed in some specific cases
1975: Act No. 50 (13 June)
1978: Act No. 5 and regulations for the implementation of the Act (16 June)
Written consent by the woman
Health personnel are obliged to offer counselling on contraception but the women can deny it.
Specific conditions for minors
Parent’s (or guardian’s) consent required for minors under 16.
☷ PRACTICAL CONDITIONS
Mandatory pre-abortion examinations
Involved healthcare professionals
Surgical abortion: obstetrician/gynaecologist (OB/GYN) or another physician
Medical abortion: OB/GYN, another physician, nurse or midwife under physician supervision
☷ ABORTION STATISTICS
234 abortions per 1,000 live births (2015).
Abortions “on request”
96% of abortions were performed “on request” in 2016.
☷ CHARACTERISTICS OF WOMEN HAVING INDUCED ABORTION
Among women who had induced abortion:
– 36% had at least 1 previous induced abortion in 2007-2011
– 50% had at least 1 child in 2007-2010.
☷ FERTILITY AND CONTRACEPTION DATA
Women age at first birth
29 years of age (2015).
Overall contraception data
Contraceptive prevalence rate was 136/1,000 women aged 15-39 in 2016 (excluding intra-uterine device (IUD) and contraceptive vaginal ring); oral contraceptive prevalence rate was 118/1,000.
19% of women who had abortion had a contraceptive method before abortion procedure (2007-2011).
Contraception during abortion process
Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) can be placed in abortion facilities:
– IUD are placed from 7 days after abortion
– Implants are placed on the day of abortion or later.
☷ COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS
Women have to give written consent.
Abortion is taught during health care professionals’ (HCPs’) medical studies.
All HCPs have the right to conscientiously object; they can avoid participating in the operation itself, but cannot refuse to help in pre- and post-operation care.
Both surgical and medical abortions are free of charge for resident women. Non-resident women have to pay between 260 € (medical) and 900 – 1,000 € (surgical) unless they are registered citizens or they applied for asylum.
We thank Dr. Mette LØKELAND for her help in data collection.
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