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Free contraception contributed to a sharp drop in teenage abortions in Finland


In Finland, the health authorities believe that compulsory sex education and free contraception have contributed to reducing the number of abortions by 66 per cent since the year 2000. Illustration photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Of NTB | 06/03/2024 14:23:31

Social conditions: The number of abortions fell by 66 percent to 722 abortions in 2023 from 2,144 abortions in 2000 among all teenagers aged 19 or younger. Among those aged 18 or younger, the drop was 78 per cent in the same period.

The decrease in the number of teenage abortions is attributed to the offer of free contraception and compulsory sex education in all schools, according to the Finnish public health institute THL.

– We can assume that sex education plays a significant role, says THL researcher Mika Gissler, who adds that increased access to contraception is also one of the factors.

The introduction of free contraception in the latter half of the 2010s also affected the decline in abortions, writes THL in a report.

In 2022, a new law was also passed in Finland which ensured access to free abortion up to the twelfth week of pregnancy. The Institute of Public Health still believes it is too early to conclude whether the new law will have an impact on the number of abortions.

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