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How Sweden got some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world

A California rally in support of abortion rights in May 2019. Photo:AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Published: 24.May.2018 15:12 hrs

Sweden is home to some of the world's most liberal abortion legislation, but the right for women to choose what happens to their bodies is not something to take for granted. The current laws have been in place for just over 40 years, before which thousands of women risked illegal, often unsafe abortions – which for many women around the world remain the only option.

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Pro-choice campaigners in Sweden, have lent their voices to support campaigns for the right to legal, safe abortion in countries across the world, and to protest legislation which restricts this right. 

The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU), which has campaigned for the right to abortion in Sweden since the organization was founded in the early 1930s, is one of the organizations which regularly supports women's right to abortion wherever they are in the world.

When abortion is banned, the result isn't that women stop having abortions. The result is that women die.

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