Sweden Abortions Decline in 2009, Reversing Multi-Year Trend of Increases

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 19, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Sweden Abortions Decline in 2009, Reversing Multi-Year Trend of Increases

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 19
, 2010

Stockholm, Sweden (LifeNews.com) — The number of abortions in Sweden has declined for the first time in many years, according to new numbers from the National Board of Health and Welfare. Some 37,524 abortions were done last year, which is a decrease of about two percent from the 38,053 abortions in 2008.

"Since 2004, the number of abortions have increased each year, but last year, the trend reversed," statistician Tsegalem Muzullo said in a statement, according to The Local newspaper. "Even teenage abortions fell sharply."

The numbers revealed that teenagers ha fewer abortions — with abortions declining 7.8 percent to 22.5 abortions per 1,000 teenage girls compared with 24.4 the previous year.

The states indicated that 25 percent of pregnancies in Sweden ended in abortion with 80 percent of teen pregnancies ending in the destruction of the unborn child.

The Local showed the abortion rate at its highest in Stockholm and Gothenburg and lower abortion rates in Blekinge, Kronoberg and Jönköping counties.

Abortion is legal through the 18th week of pregnancy and, after that point, abortion must be reviewed by a board and done only for legitimate medical reasons, even though abortions typically cause a host of medical problems for women. Sweden has a higher abortion rate than other Scandinavian countries.

The health department showed most abortions are done at or before nine weeks of pregnancy and the use of the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug — which has already killed one woman in Sweden and at least a dozen more elsewhere — is on the rise.

"Medical abortions induced by the woman taking pills continue to grow," added Muzollo, according to the newspaper. "They now account for nearly 86 percent of all abortions that occur before the ninth week of pregnancy."

The number of abortions in Sweden had been on the rise despite sales of the morning after pill increasing during the same time period. The data provided more evidence abortion advocates are misleading the public in saying the Plan B drug helps reduce abortions.

The morning after pill became a drug that could be sold over the counter in Sweden in 2001 and abortion advocates touted non-prescription sales in the United States as a panacea for reducing abortions.

In that time, sales of the drug tripled in the nation’s capital and doubled nationwide.

Abortion advocates have claimed higher use of the Plan B drug through over the counter sales will result in a drop in unintended pregnancies and fewer abortions. However, research and reports show that’s not happening.

Dr. Joseph Stanford, associate professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine, says studies he and fellow researchers have done show a lower effectiveness rate than the 89 percent Barr Laboratories claims.

"We did more a precise meta-analysis that shows it’s effective only 72 percent of the time, and even that number is optimistic," he indicated.

He said studies from Europe, China and the United States show that the morning after pill does not reduce abortions.

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