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Abortion register splits Alliance parties

TT/The Local · 19 Jul 2009, 11:02

Published: 19 Jul 2009 11:02 GMT+02:00

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The Christian Democrats are positive to the register which would record the identity of the women involved. The Moderates, Centre party and Liberal party are however opposed to the move on integrity grounds, according to the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

Anders Milton, commissioned by the government to investigate the issue and who presented his report in June, wants the proposed register to include the personal identification numbers (personnummer) of women who have undergone an abortion.

The inclusion of personal identity numbers in the statistics would help in the following up of complications, to develop methods and improve prevention work, Milton argues.

Chatrine Pålsson Ahlgren, Christian Democrat Member of Parliament, is positive to the proposal.

"The register always awakes feelings of unease, but I definitely think the idea is worth a try," she said to the newspaper.

But the Christian Democrats' Alliance coalition partners are sceptical.

The Centre party's Anders Flanking called on the Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Göran Hägglund, to categorically state that the government does not intend to introduce the proposal.

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"It creates insecurity for people who are already in a difficult situation, as they do not know how the information will be handled," Flanking said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:28 July 19, 2009 by conboy
This is just another example of the kind of control freaks who lurk inside the Swedish political system and civil service. An IB register for women who have had abortions? Bizarre stuff!
13:42 July 19, 2009 by RoyceD
Sounds like the idea is pretty good actually. Eventhough I am totally opposed to any sort of Religion in government, so it is not a moral viewpoint I am taking, and the handling of the information is entirely the issue here.

Sure creating a register sounds great if you are considering the burden of the health care system on performing abortions, especially to women who are having multiple numbers of abortions, abortions based on sex of child etc etc. If this register could aid the reduction of unnecessary abortions then I am all for it.

However, if the register in ANY WAY could be used to identify and harass a woman or a couple just for having an abortion then I think the register is not worth it.

If the government wishes to create this list to benefit the tax payer then go ahead, if the government wants to push their morals, or allow other institutions to push their morals upon its citizens then it is time for a new government system in my opinion.
23:53 July 19, 2009 by Kind Man
First we should ask the infant, if He/she wants to be killed?

Second we should ask ourselves it is proper to hide the name of murderars who cant take what comes out of their pleasure?

They murder the infants who can not defend themselves. for just two minutes of your lust and pleasure you commit murder. it is major sin and cant be forgiven by God.

try to have use at least condom if you want to have sex :) but dont murder!

and let the future husbands of these women know that they have murdered a infant who couldnt talk or defend himself.
04:13 July 20, 2009 by AussieAndy
They should make a "Stupidity Register" for people who make up these types of proposals.

Kind Man, women have abortions for various reasons, for example, Rape& Incest Rape
09:27 July 20, 2009 by Nemesis
Whever came up with this idea, should be deported to outside Europe and never allowed to return.

This idea has obviously come from someone with an extreme religeous agenda.

This idea will lead to women getting backstreet abortions or travelling abroad to get abortions, if implemented.

This idea is a retrograde step for Swedish society.

Another poster has suggested a "stupidity register" for people who think of such ideas. I agree. Anyone on a stupidity register should be removed from any employment where they are in a position of control or responsibility and sent toa psychaitrist everytime they have an opinion.
16:24 July 21, 2009 by bobbo
The problem is the lack of religous values in modern society, especially religous bigotry.

Sweden used to be a powerful kingdom once, based on the ideals of Inquisition and the spread of the Catholic faith. Granted, it was never as resolute as the more powerful Spain and France, but nonetheless Swedes did their part in exterminating heretics and converting heathens.

Now modern Sweden is a melting pot of religous tolerance - and even worse, a heretic state that follows the teachings of Luther and his evils. We need to rebuild Sweden into a proper Catholic state and sweep aside all this heresy in a single fell swoop.
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