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SHORT RESEARCH REPORT
Attitudes among Danes toward prenatal testing and termination of pregnancy
Article first published online: 5 DEC 2012
© 2012 The Authors Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica© 2012 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Volume 92, Issue 2, pages 230–233, February 2013
How to Cite
ULDALL, S. W. and NORUP, M. S. (2013), Attitudes among Danes toward prenatal testing and termination of pregnancy. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 92: 230–233. doi: 10.1111/aogs.12007
Please cite this article as: Uldall SW, Norup MS. Attitudes among Danes toward prenatal testing and termination of pregnancy. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2012;91:DOI: 10.1111/aogs.12007.
- Issue published online: 23 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 5 DEC 2012
- Received: 1 February 2012 Accepted: 29 August 2012
- Legal abortion;
- prenatal diagnosis;
- public opinion;
- health planning councils;
- social formal control;
- health-care policy;
- personal autonomy
Denmark offers public financed prenatal testing (PNT) to all pregnant women, but results are typically not available until after 12 weeks gestation, which is also the time limit for termination of pregnancy (TOP) on request. Committees decide on requests for later TOP. In a questionnaire survey, we investigated attitudes among Danes toward these issues. We also asked for opinions on two claims commonly found in the debate concerning women's right to decide on TOP in relation to PNT. One thousand people aged 18–45 years were drawn randomly from the national personal register. The response rate was 49%. Women and older respondents were overrepresented and may have caused a bias toward conservative attitudes. A majority supported the current PNT program and time limit for TOP on request, but only one-third supported committees deciding on all cases of late TOP. The implications of prenatal testing results becoming more accessible are discussed.