All women have a legal right to abortion in Sweden. There is no age limit for having an abortion and it’s always the pregnant woman’s individual right to decide if she wants to have an abortion or not.
Abortions are performed until the 18th week of pregnancy but can in some cases be done until the 22th week of pregnancy.
According to Swedish abortion law, it’s the right of the pregnant women to decide on abortion.
When are abortions performed?
You are entitled to have an abortion until the 18th week of pregnancy, without having to explain your reasons. After the 18th week you need permission from Socialstyrelsen – the National Board of Health and Welfare, to have an abortion. Such permission requires special reasons (e.g. health risks for the mother). Socialstyrelsen can’t give permission for pregnancies beyond week 22.
Where to turn?
Abortions are always performed at hospitals or gynaecological clinics. You can contact the hospital or clinic directly and book an appointment. But you can also turn to a youth clinic, health centre or gynaecological clinic for advice and help to book an appointment. Book an appointment as soon as possible as it can sometimes be long waiting times.
You are always offered support and assistance before and after the abortion. This support offers counseling regarding all aspects of the the abortion and your decision and life situation. The father is also welcome to participate.
Medical or Clinical
Sweden conducts medical as well as clinical abortions. Medical abortions (with abortion pills) are primarily conducted on early pregnancies up to the 9th week. Clinical abortions are used on later pregnancies from week 12 to 22 of pregnancy.
The procedure costs between 350 – 700 SEK. Young people under 18 years of age generally do not pay for abortions.
Who has the right to know?
The medical staff at the clinic are bound by professional secrecy and are not allowed to tell anyone about your visit at the clinic.
Can I have an abortion if I don’t have a Swedish personal number?
As of 2008, women from other countries, who do not have a Swedish personal number, have the right to come to Sweden and perform a legal abortion without having to give specific reasons for doing so.
However, the subsidiesed health care does not apply if you do not have a Swedish personal number. This means that you will have to pay the entire cost of the abortion yourself. How much it costs varies, so contact abortion clinics in the area where you are staying and talk to them directly.
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