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The Foreigner Updated: Norwegian abortion deadline could be moved. Voluntary abortions up to week 16 could become a fact in Norway if a Labour Party proposal becomes law. Labour (Ap) recently announced it is to introduce a new ultrasound for all pregnant women from 12 weeks. As well as providing information, an early ultrasound can help detect the risk of Down’s syndrome or other foetal diseases. Parliamentary leader for Labour, Helga Pedersen, thinks women should be given the opportunity to see if their child is going to be healthy or not during their first months of pregnancy.

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Updated: Norwegian abortion deadline could be moved

Published on Thursday, 27th January, 2011 at 11:18 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan   .
Last Updated on 27th January 2011 at 19:09.

Voluntary abortions up to week 16 could become a fact in Norway if a Labour Party proposal becomes law.



Labour (Ap) recently announced it is to introduce a new ultrasound for all pregnant women from 12 weeks. As well as providing information, an early ultrasound can help detect the risk of Down’s syndrome or other foetal diseases.

Parliamentary leader for Labour, Helga Pedersen, thinks women should be given the opportunity to see if their child is going to be healthy or not during their first months of pregnancy.

She also argues lots of women today choose to have additional ultrasounds at private clinics, but high fees exclude many others.

“It should not be women with little money or those who live out in the districts who bear our society’s ethical standards,” she tells Aftenposten.

Tripartite Coalition member, the Socialist Left Party (SV), remains sceptical regarding the new 12-week ultrasound, however. It is concerned discovering embryos have, or are at risk of developing genetic diseases such as Down’s could have a negative impact on society.

“This matter is not in our Party political programme, but I have my doubts on this issue. I am concerned about the ethical dilemmas versus a Sorting Society,” says Kjersti Toppe, Party spokesperson for Health, whose opinion is shared by Conservative (H) health politician Sonja Sjøli.

At the same time, medical experts are calling for an amendment allowing voluntary abortions up to week 16.

“Women must apply to a tribunal for permission after week 12, even though I have never heard of any being refused an abortion before week 16. The current system is a bureaucratic paper exercise, and having to sit and argue why is an unnecessary extra burden,” says gynaecologist Kjell Salvesen at St Olav’s University Hospital in Trondheim.

Karita Bekkemellem, Labour’s former Minister of Equality and now Director of the Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry in Norway, believes there is a natural connection between the two debates.

“There are no medical reasons against extending the deadline for voluntary abortions,” she says.

Helga Pedersen, denies the government has plans to change current regulations.

“Abortion is not a central point in our debate concerning preliminary ultrasounds,” she says.



Published on Thursday, 27th January, 2011 at 11:18 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan   .
Last updated on 27th January 2011 at 19:09.

This post has the following tags: voluntaryabortion, ultrasound, kjellsalvesen, stolavshospital, trondheim, karitabekkemellem, helgapederson, labourparty, .





  
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