Abortion register splits Alliance parties

A proposal to include the identities of women in a national abortion register has divided the governing Alliance coalition parties.

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.

“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.

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