Number of abortions up - fewer among teenagers
abort, Abortions (discontinued)Health conditions and living habits, Health

Abortions (discontinued)2003, preliminary figures

Medical Birth Registry at Norwegian Institute of Public Health (http://www.fhi.no/helseregistre/medisinsk-fodselsregister) will from 2007 publish this statistics.



Number of abortions up - fewer among teenagers

The number of abortions in 2003 amounted to 13 836 or 12.9 abortions per 1000 females aged 15-49. The decreasing trend in the number of teenage abortions also continued in 2003

Abortions per 1 000 women, by age. 2003

In 2003, 15 420 petitions were made for abortions. For 13 836 of them the outcome was an induced abortions.

The decreasing trend in teenage abortions continued in 2003. The level was 16.3 teenage abortions per 1000 women 15-19 years of age. This is the lowest level ever observed during the period of 25 years with the actual law of abortion.

The number of abortions up to 10 weeks pregnancy was 11 300. Of these was 39 per cent abortion inducing farmeutical and 46 per cent by surgery.

From the 600 petitions handled in abortion committees, almost 500 resulted in induced abortion. The remaining petitions were rejected or not carried out for other reasons. About 46 per cent of the petitions for abortion granted by a committee were for social reasons. About 38 per cent were made due to serious risk for the health of the foetus.