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Finland - October 2022

Legislative reform easing abortion procedures approved by parliament

Finland’s parliament has amended a law which dates to 1970 requiring approval of two doctors before having an abortion. The new approved legislative reform now allows women to receive pregnancy termination only through a request and without providing further explanation. Considering the country has the strictest abortion law in the Nordic region, the move is expected to relax the strict laws that have been considered outdated. The amendment is also considered a victory, as it comes after a 2020 citizen-led initiative to change this law in order to provide women with the fundamental right to make decisions about their bodies.

Sources: The Guardian, Euronews

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