Abortion legislation

Legislation timeline

  • 1970: abortion is allowed
  • 1973: Act No. 350 (13 June)
  • 1995: Law No. 389 (14 June)
  • 2008: LBK No.95 (07 February)

Source: IPPF European Network - Updated January 2012 (http://www.ippfen.org/), Foreningen Sex & Samfund (http://www.sexogsamfund.dk/)

Abortion conditions

Ground Gestational limit
To save a woman’s life 22 weeks from LMP
Because of foetal impairment 22 weeks from LMP
To preserve a woman’s mental health
To preserve a woman’s physical health
For economic and social reasons
On request 12 weeks from LMP

Source: IPPF European Network - Updated January 2012 (http://www.ippfen.org/), Foreningen Sex & Samfund (http://www.sexogsamfund.dk/)

Legal conditions

  • Written request by the woman up to 12 weeks from LMP
  • Pre-abortion consultation (legal counselling)
  • Pre-abortion consultation with a social worker (if abortion after 12 weeks from LMP)
  • Pre-abortion confirmation consultation
  • Pre-abortion laboratory tests (if abortion after 12 weeks from LMP)

Specific conditions for minors

  • Parent’s (or guardian’s) consent required for unmarried minors under 18; possibility of dispensation e.g., in case of religious minorities.


  • IPPF European Network – http://www.ippfen.org/
  • Foreningen Sex & Samfund – http://www.sexogsamfund.dk/

Practical conditions

Medical abortion conditions

Place Prescription 1st drug taken 2nd drug taken
OB/GYN department of a hospital/clinic Yes Yes Yes
Another physician office Yes Yes Yes
Midwife office No No No
Abortion centre/clinic
At home No Yes Yes

Source: IPPF European Network - Updated January 2012 (http://www.ippfen.org/), Foreningen Sex & Samfund (http://www.sexogsamfund.dk/)

Mandatory pre-abortion examinations

  • Ultrasound examination mandatory after 12 weeks from LMP in order to assess the precise gestational age to obtain permission for abortion.

Involved healthcare professionals

  • Surgical abortion: obstetrician/gynaecologist (OB/GYN)
  • Medical abortion: OB/GYN or nurse


Abortion statistics

Abortion rates per 1,000 women aged 15-49

Source: https://thl.fi/en/web/thlfi-en/statistics-and-data/statistics-by-topic/sexual-and-reproductive-health/abortions/induced-abortions-in-the-nordic-countries

Overall number of induced abortions

Source: https://www.esundhed.dk/Emner/Graviditet-foedsler-og-boern/Provokerede-aborter

Abortion ratio per 1.000 live births: 231 (2018)

Source: https://thl.fi/en/web/thlfi-en/statistics/statistics-by-topic/sexual-and-reproductive-health/abortions/induced-abortions-in-the-nordic-countries

Abortions performed “on request”: % ()


Overall number of induced abortions vs. medical abortions

Source: https://www.esundhed.dk/Emner/Graviditet-foedsler-og-boern/Provokerede-aborter

Induced abortions per gestational age (2022)

Source: https://www.esundhed.dk/Emner/Graviditet-foedsler-og-boern/Provokerede-aborter

gestational age unknown: 5%

Place of abortion (2018)

Source: Data provided by our local expert

Characteristics of women having induced abortion

Distribution of induced abortions according to woman age (2022)

Source: https://www.esundhed.dk/Emner/Graviditet-foedsler-og-boern/Provokerede-aborter


Fertility and contraception

Fertility rates in women aged 15-49

Source: https://www.dst.dk/en/Statistik/emner/borgere/befolkning/fertilitet

Women age at first birth

  • 29.9 years of age (2022)



  • https://www.statbank.dk/20018

Country-specific characteristics

  • Women have to submit a written request for abortion up to 12 weeks from LMP.
  • All health care professionals (HCPs) have the right to conscientiously object due to moral beliefs, but they have a duty to refer the woman to another HCP who may conduct the abortion.
  • Both surgical and medical abortions are free of charge for resident women. Non-resident women have to pay around €1,608.


  • IPPF European Network – Updated January 2012 (http://www.ippfen.org/)
  • Foreningen Sex & Samfund (http://www.sexogsamfund.dk/)

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Abbreviations: EFTA = European Free Trade Association | EU = European Union | IUD = intra-uterine device | LARC = long-acting reversible contraception | LMP = last menstruation period | GYN = gynaecologist | HCP = health care professional | hCG = human chorionic gonadotropin | HIV = human immunodeficiency virus | OB = obstetrician | Rh = Rhesus | US = ultrasound

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