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June 1975

Letter From Abroad

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Department of Pediatrics Karolinska Institute Stockholm, Sweden

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(6):746. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120430078021

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Stockholm.—The Swedish birth rate is 13 per 1,000, which is one of the lowest in the world, and about half of Swedish children have no siblings.

The low number of live births per year (around 100,000 to 110,000) is only partly due to the 25,000 legal abortions each year. This year a new law on abortion was passed in Sweden. This entitles a woman to a free abortion before the 12th week of pregnancy after discussion and help, if indicated, from a social worker or an obstetrician, and after the 12th week but before the 20th week only after a more thorough medical and psychosocial work-up. It is not expected that the number of abortions will increase much, since the previous law, although much stricter in principle, was interpreted liberally.

In order to prevent abortion from being used in place of contraceptives, a broad campaign for better family planning

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