Sweden may well have among the most accepting views of abortion in the world — one recent poll found that 84 percent of the country supports awoman’s right to have an abortion whenever she wants one. Yet a proposal from a Swedish group to offer men the right to a “legal abortion” of an unborn child has not been met with enthusiasm.
The idea, proposed by a regional branch of the youth wing of the centrist Liberal Party, would allow a potential father to legally abdicate his responsibility toward the child up to the 18th week of a woman’s pregnancy. The man would lose any rights to visit the child but also would not pay any child support he may otherwise be required to contribute.
Marcus Nilsen, chairman of Liberal Youth of Sweden (LUF) West, told the newspaper Aftonbladet that the idea had actually come from a group of women inside his party. “It is important to discuss the role of men in pregnancy,” Nilsen explained, adding that the proposed system would make it clear when men are legally required to play a role in their child’s life and when they are not.