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The conscience clause and free abortions in Social Democratic welfare states – Sweden and Norway

Macri, Louise LU (2015) STVM23 20151
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Sweden and Norway are both Social Democratic welfare states where abortions are legal,
however Norway has a conscience clause in its abortion law and Sweden does not. This
provides for a puzzle as well as research questions aimed at understanding how the debates in
Sweden and Norway differ and if there is any difference over time as well. Since this also
raises the question of why they differ an attempt at answering that is also made. The research
questions are answered with argument analysis and with the help of firstly welfare state
theory, based on both the Social Democratic welfare model and the Nordic model of welfare,
and secondly framing. Debates from the 1970’s and 2010’ are analyzed and among the
findings are different... (More)
Sweden and Norway are both Social Democratic welfare states where abortions are legal,
however Norway has a conscience clause in its abortion law and Sweden does not. This
provides for a puzzle as well as research questions aimed at understanding how the debates in
Sweden and Norway differ and if there is any difference over time as well. Since this also
raises the question of why they differ an attempt at answering that is also made. The research
questions are answered with argument analysis and with the help of firstly welfare state
theory, based on both the Social Democratic welfare model and the Nordic model of welfare,
and secondly framing. Debates from the 1970’s and 2010’ are analyzed and among the
findings are different argumentations arguing for different – possibly competing – human
rights; the right to health care (Article 35) and the freedom of though, conscience and religion
(Article 10). In Sweden there is a great consensus for the right to health care, in Norway the
position is more in favor of the freedom of conscience and the right not to perform abortion
operations. (Less)
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author
Macri, Louise LU
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organization
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STVM23 20151
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Key words: abortion, free abortion, conscience clause, conscientious objection, refusal clause, Sweden, Norway, Social democratic welfare states, framing.
language
English
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5426353
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2015-07-13 11:40:49
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2015-07-13 11:40:49
@misc{5426353,
  abstract     = {Sweden and Norway are both Social Democratic welfare states where abortions are legal,
however Norway has a conscience clause in its abortion law and Sweden does not. This
provides for a puzzle as well as research questions aimed at understanding how the debates in
Sweden and Norway differ and if there is any difference over time as well. Since this also
raises the question of why they differ an attempt at answering that is also made. The research
questions are answered with argument analysis and with the help of firstly welfare state
theory, based on both the Social Democratic welfare model and the Nordic model of welfare,
and secondly framing. Debates from the 1970’s and 2010’ are analyzed and among the
findings are different argumentations arguing for different – possibly competing – human
rights; the right to health care (Article 35) and the freedom of though, conscience and religion
(Article 10). In Sweden there is a great consensus for the right to health care, in Norway the
position is more in favor of the freedom of conscience and the right not to perform abortion
operations.},
  author       = {Macri, Louise},
  keyword      = {Key words: abortion,free abortion,conscience clause,conscientious objection,refusal clause,Sweden,Norway,Social democratic welfare states,framing.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The conscience clause and free abortions in Social Democratic welfare states – Sweden and Norway},
  year         = {2015},
}