The abortion debate is revived in Denmark

The abortion debate is revived in Denmark

By Slim Allagui

Posted yesterday at 5:53pm, updated yesterday at 5:53pm

Mette Frederiksen’s government is cautiously silent in the face of this sensitive issue that is dividing parliament. PHILIP DAVALI/AFP

The reversal of the US Supreme Court is causing a shockwave in a country where access to abortion is strictly regulated.


The reversal of the Roe v. Wade judgment by the United States Supreme Court on June 24 reignited the debate over voluntary abortion in Denmark. The Scandinavian kingdom was a pioneer by passing a law in 1973 allowing free and cost-free abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. But almost fifty years later, this country is among the most conservative and restrictive on the continent in this area.

“It’s time to dust off this law and discuss the legitimacy of this 12-week threshold, which is low compared to other countries like Iceland, Sweden, Germany, France, the UK and the Netherlands and is between 14 and 24 Weeks varied,” observes Maja Torp, spokeswoman for the Liberal Party (opposition leader). She points out: “Our Norwegian neighbors, who have the same limit as we do, are currently debating this issue.” The Labor Party, in power in Oslo, is indeed pushing for this limit on abortion to be extended…

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