Blomqvist: New abortion legislation strengthens women’s autonomy

The Finnish Parliament voted to approve amendments to Finnish abortion legislation by a margin of 125 to 41. One of the outcomes of the reform will be that a pregnancy may be terminated up to the end of the 12th week of gestation by the pregnant woman’s request. It has previously been necessary to obtain statements from two separate physicians.

“It is about time to amend our abortion legislation, which hasbeen out of date for a while. This is an important reform for improving women’s rights to their own health and bodily autonomy,” says Thomas Blomqvist, Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality.

“Unfortunately we are currently witnessing a regression in equality and women’s rights in various parts of the world.This becomes evident particularly in matters related to female sexual health and reproductive rights. This is a highly concerning trend and thereby it is particularly important that Finland concretely demonstrate its support for legal and safe abortions,” Blomqvist says.

The abortion legislation reform does not form part of the government programme, but is mainly based on a citizens’ initiative (OmaTahto2020) and a related bill.

“I am pleased that we are planning to take this important step towards modernising our abortion legislation, but I believe it should still be revised to further improve women’s autonomy in Finland.  A wider abortion reform should be one of the explicit targets of the next government,” Blomqvist says.

Adlercreutz: The Nord Stream mistake must not be repeated

Concerns have arisen over Russian real estate holdings close to significant defence sites in Finland. Last week, the Government issued a proposal for tightening related legislation. The Chair of the Swedish Parliamentary Group, Anders Adlercreutz, points out that sites that are not directly linked to defence may also be strategically significant.

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Bergqvist: Gang crime is a growing problem that must be taken seriously

In recent years, gang culture has become an increasing problem in Finland’s large cities. With a dozen or so active street gangs in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, organised gang crime is also on the increase in cities such as Turku. MP Sandra Bergqvist (RKP) is worried about this trend.

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