Termination of Pregnancy/Abortion in Denmark

Information on who to contact and how to proceed in the event of an unwanted pregnancy...

Termination of pregnancy is legal in Denmark up to 12 weeks after conception. Abortions must be carried out by a doctor at a state or communal hospital, or a clinic that is attached to a hospital. The cost of an abortion is covered by the public health system.

Since 1983 non-residents may request an abortion in Denmark if they are over 18.

In certain cases it is possible to terminate a pregnancy more than 12 weeks after conception, but only if the woman's life is in danger, if the pregnancy was the result of rape, or if the foetus shows signs of severe and incurable illness or disability. This decision must be approved by at least two doctors and one person from the local municipality.

Procedure

The form to Request to Terminate a Pregnancy must be completed; this is available at a GPs office. The doctor signs this request and checks the patient's identity. A health card and proof of identity must be provided. Girls under the age of 18 must have parental or guardian consent. In exceptional cases a girl under the age of 18 may be authorised to undergo an abortion without parental consent.

The abortion is then carried out a by a specialist doctor. The woman is provided with information on contraception and support available after the procedure. Women who do not speak Danish can request that an interpreter be present for appointments with a doctor or nurse or in a hospital. An interpreter is provided free of charge.

The woman can choose between a medical or surgical abortion. A medical abortion is available up to nine weeks of pregnancy; this is a non-surgical method for ending a pregnancy in the early stages.

Further information on abortion is available from the Danish eHealth Portal (in Danish).

Family Planning Centres

The Danish Family Planning Association (Sex & Samfund) provides information on sexual health, pregnancy and contraceptive methods.

  • Sex & Samfund
    At
    : Rosenørns Allé 14, 1. sal, 1634 Copenhagen V
    Tel: 33 93 10 10
    Fax: 33 93 10 09
    email