FPA: Riksförbundet för Sexuell Upplysning (RFSU) Tel. + 46 (8) 6920700 / email@example.com Website: http://www.rfsu.se
Abortion Act 595, 14 June 1974, amended May 1995
Up to 18 weeks
Up to 22 weeks (fetal viability)
- Second trimester abortions are subject to approval by the National Board of Health and Welfare
- Abortion must be carried out in a general hospital and by a qualified medical doctor
The cost is almost fully covered by the National Health Insurance. Patients only have to pay a minor fee. The fees slightly differ from county to county and are reviewed yearly. They range between SEK 260 (US$ 36.3) and 380 (US$ 53).
DISPARITY IN THE APPLICATION OF THE LAW
Sweden has a very good and well-functioning abortion law but there are some anti-choice activities against the Abortion Act, these groups are small but loud with around 17,000 members, mainly connected to a religious sect called ‘The word of life'. The Abortion law is combined with a law making contraceptive services free of charge and subsidizing the price of contraceptives, the government also carries on prevention activities, provides funds for a long-term health education programme aimed at preventing teenage pregnancies, and also funds civil society for sexuality and contraceptive information initiatives. The Ministry of Health is planning to investigate the possibility of allowing foreign women to have an abortion in Sweden.