Sweden Political Party May Try to Push Bill to Limit Late-Term Abortions

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 24, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 24
, 2007

Stockholm, Sweden (LifeNews.com) — One of Sweden’s political parties says it may try to promote legislation there that would lower the European country’s current limit on abortions which is set at 22 weeks into pregnancy. The Christian Democrat Party may try to push that limit back so babies who are close to viability are not killed.

Current Swedish law allows abortions to be done to 22 weeks in some cases and women wanting abortions in that case must get permission from the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Abortion in general is allowed for any reason up to 18 weeks of pregnancy and members of the Swedish parliament are looking to reduce that to 12 weeks. However, the party leadership has rejected the move to this point.

The Christian Democrats traditionally oppose abortion but party leader Göran Hägglund, who is also Minister for Social Affairs, has been criticized for allowing Sweden to become a haven for women from other nations seeking later-term abortions.

In February, two top church leaders in Sweden say they may urge Christians to oppose the re-election of the nation’s government in upcoming elections because of a proposal to expand abortions. They cited Hagglund’s proposed to make Sweden an international destination for women seeking abortions.

Sweden’s Catholic bishop Anders Arborelius and Sten-Gunnar Hedin, head of the evangelical Philadelphia Church in Stockholm told The Local newspaper about their frustrations.

"We are sad that this proposal is backed by a Christian Democrat social affairs minister, Goran Hagglund," the two wrote in a recent letter.

"It is incomprehensible that he is supporting this proposal while claiming that it was required by the EU, something that this country’s leading EU law expert, Professor Ulf Bernitz, insists is not the case," they said.

The Christian Democrats are one of the smaller political parties — with just about four percent support in the polls — but they are partners with other parties in forming the ruling coalition government.

Should they lose support, they could find themselves out of the Swedish parliament and the government’s coalition could unravel.

The government is being criticized for promoting what they call "abortion tourism" by offering abortions to women in nations where the practice is illegal. It would be done in much the same which in which pro-euthanasia organizations in Switzerland operate assisted suicide houses where elderly and disabled patients are killed.