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The KrF leader is happy that the abortion law has been postponed

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KrF leader Olaug Bollestad believes it would be disrespectful for the government to submit proposals for a new abortion law before the summer. Archive photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

Of NTB | 05/01/2024 20:04:23

Social conditions: – I ask the government to use the time to think carefully and not to propose the radical expansion of free abortion that Kjerkol announced. It will dramatically weaken the legal protection of unborn life, says KrF leader Olaug Bollestad.

The now-departed health minister Ingvild Kjerkol (Ap) was in favor of extending the limit for self-determined abortion to week 18. But there is discord about this in the government. The Center Party’s party program is in favor of keeping the current limit of 12 weeks.

– It is not realistic to get it adopted in the Storting before the summer. The deadline for cases to be dealt with in the Storting before the summer was actually at Easter, says Kjerkol’s successor, Jan Christian Vestre (Ap) to TV 2.

– We will make it as neat and proper as possible, without rushing anything through. Then we take the time needed. A few weeks from or until is not the important thing, he adds.

Bollestad is satisfied with that.

– I am glad that the government is canceling an urgent treatment of the abortion law, even though I think it should really just be missing. Such treatment would be disrespectful both to those who have written consultation responses and not least to the case itself.

– The Abortion Act is overdue for reform and there is absolutely no reason to drag this out, says the parliamentary representative in a comment sent to NTB.

She points out that there will be more women who will have to go through court proceedings pending the new law.

In an interview with TV 2 on Wednesday, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Ap) stated that the proposal for a new abortion law will only be submitted after the summer, not before, as he has previously stated.

Storting representative Ingvild W. Thorsvik from the Liberal Party is disappointed.

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