Parliament approved the reform of the abortion laws by 125–41 votes

A one-man parliamentary group also voted against the law Ano Turtiainen.

The only empty sound came Hanna-Leena Mattila (Center). 32 MPs were absent from the vote.

The reform facilitates access to in . It stipulates that pregnancy can be terminated at the request of a pregnant person up to the end of the 12th week of pregnancy. The pregnancy can also be terminated later at the request of the pregnant person, if continuing the pregnancy or giving birth could endanger her health or life due to an illness or physiological condition.

The requirement for two doctors’ opinions is also removed.

The bill will enter into force at the beginning of 2023 at the earliest.

It is based on a citizens’ initiative that received the necessary 50,000 expressions of support in the second half of 2020. The Social and Health Committee of the Parliament then expressed its support for some of the goals of the initiative, claiming, for example, that ensuring pregnancy is terminated as early as possible, reduces the need for painkillers and hospital treatment.

However, the committee’s report was not unanimous. Aittakumpu (central), Kinnunen (central), Lohi (central), Petri Huru (PS) and Jari Koskela (PS) attached a dissenting opinion to the report, which called for the entire law to be reformed.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

Source: The Nordic Page




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