Instrumentalising women’s reproductive vulnerability for political gain: where in the world does it stop?
November 30, 2018
A move to restrict abortion in Norway is a particularly stark example of the readiness with which women’s reproductive vulnerability is traded as a kind of political capital
There is an extraordinary piece of instrumentalisation of women’s health for political gain going on in an unlikely quarter, just now.
Norway has both a relatively good record on women’s rights, and a balanced and popular abortion law with no popular or parliamentary mandate for change. It also has low and falling abortion rates, 80% of which are conducted as a woman’s choice under 9 weeks, and just 4%—far more tightly regulated than, for example, in either Sweden or the UK—in the second trimester.