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In Sweden a woman has the right to self-determined abortion up to the 18th week of pregnancy. Since the law of self-determined abortion came through in 1974 the abortions are being permormed earlier in the pregnancy. Today more than 90 percent of all abortions in Sweden are made before the 9th week.
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Since 2008 the Swedish law also allow women living in other countries to get self-determined abortion at Swedish hospitals.
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But unlike women living in Sweden, women from other countries have to pay for the abortion themselves. The latest statistic report shows that the women who use this opportunity are mostly from Asia (29 percent), Europe (19 percent) and South America (16 percent). Most of these abortions were made before the 9th or 12th week of pregnancy.
Invisible squareThere are still quite few women living in other countries who make abortions in Sweden (only 139 abortions like these were made in 2009). One reason for this could be that not many know about this opportunity.
Invisible squareThe National Public Health Report 2012 says:
In medical abortions, first performed in Sweden in 1992, pregnancy is terminated using medication. No surgical intervention is necessary. However, medical abortions can only be carried out early in pregnancy, as a rule before the ninth week. In these cases, the woman has the right to choose between a surgical and a medical abortion. If waiting times for an abortion are long, the pregnancy may exceed the time limit for a medical abortion.
Most women who seek an abortion decide early. In many cases, they have already made the decision before going to hospital, and then want the intervention to be performed as soon as possible. The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare’s regulations and guidelines on abortion (SOSFS 2004:4) specify that when a woman has decided on an abortion, it should be performed as soon as possible.

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You can read more about the abortion process at the Women on Waves' web.
Invisible squareIf you want to know more about how to get an abortion in Sweden, you can contact the RFSU Clinic.
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