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Swedish Political Group Wants 'Legal Abortion' For Men

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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A political group in Sweden wants men to have the right to choose to legally abort their unborn child.

The youth wing of the centrist Liberal Party in Sweden has proposed the 'legal abortion' idea, wherein a father could legally abdicate his responsibility for the child up to the 18th week of a woman’s pregnancy.

Upon abdication, the man would not have visitation rights with the child, nor would he have any financial responsibility.

The chairman of Liberal Youth of Sweden (LUF) West, Marcus Nilsen, said the idea came from a group of women inside his party.

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“It is important to discuss the role of men in pregnancy,” Nilsen told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, adding that the proposed system would make it clear what role a father will play in a child’s life, if any at all, reported The Washington Post.

The legal abortion would be irreversible, noted RT.

"There are endless examples of men who can’t even say whether they want to be involved in parenthood or how involved they want to be," Nilsen said. "It is important that men remain honest with themselves and their intentions. We see our proposal as a clear legal decision."

Abortion is legal in Sweden up to 18 weeks, and up to 22 weeks if medically necessary, according to abortion-clinics.eu. The cost of an abortion is almost fully covered by the National Health Insurance, which requires patients to pay only a nominal fee for the procedure.

LUF’s legal abortion proposal is not the first controversial idea they have put forward. In February, the group filed a motion to legalize incest between two consenting siblings aged 15 or older, according to RT. They have also voted in support of legalizing necrophilia, the act of having sexual relations with a corpse, if the deceased gave permission for it to occur before they died.

The response to LUF’s 'legal abortion' proposal has been overwhelmingly negative and therefore will not move forward.

“It’s something we thought was worthy of debate, but the reactions have been overwhelmingly conservative, with a lot of people viewing it as an attack on the nuclear family," Nilsen told The Local. "We have other issues we're prioritizing, such as housing and employment.”

Sources: The Washington Post, RT, abortion-clinics.eu, The Local / Photo credit: Adam Fuller/Flickr

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