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Minister for Children and Families Kjersti Toppe (Sp) points out that in week 18 the fetus is 18 centimeters long and weighs 230 grams. At 12 weeks, it weighs 15 grams and is at a completely different stage. Photo: Beate Oma Dahle / NTB

Of NTB | 15.05.2024 05:09:38

Social conditions: Toppe tells Klassekampen that she fears an extension from 12 to 18 weeks will change the view on abortion late in pregnancy.

– A law signals and creates attitudes, perhaps not in the short term, but in the long term. And it is conceivable that you will have more abortions later in the pregnancy, says Toppe.

Today, the limit for self-determined abortion is week 12, but in practice week 18 has become a new deadline. Last year there were 484 tribunal-processed abortions in weeks 13 to 18, only one was refused.

– There is not a very big desire among the Norwegian people for a new law with an extended border, I have been trying to get that across for a long time, says Toppe, who worked as a doctor before she became a politician.

Toppe has previously said that she will dissent if the proposal for week 18 comes in the autumn. She wants the tribunals to be changed, not removed, and that they should ensure follow-up and information for the woman. She suggests calling them “abortion boards”.

– Week 18 is halfway through the pregnancy. The fetus is then 18 centimeters long and weighs 230 grams. It is 3–4 weeks before the fetus can be considered viable. At 12 weeks, it weighs 15 grams and is at a completely different stage.

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