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According to the Danish Ministry of Health, the legal limit for abortion in Denmark will be increased from 12 to 18 weeks.

"After 50 years, it is time to change the rules on abortion and strengthen women's right to decide," Health Minister Sophie Lohde said.

"Now women will have the time and the right to think about what to do," Camilla Rathke, president of the Danish Medical Association, told the Ritzau news agency.

The country will also allow teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 to have abortions without parental consent.

BROUGHT ON PAR WITH NEIGHBORING SWEDEN

While in some parts of the world the right to abortion is restricted or even banned, an ethics committee in Denmark proposed last year to extend the period from 12 to 18 weeks, bringing it in line with neighboring Sweden.

The government will submit a bill to parliament in 2024-2025.

The bill, which is supported by all opposition parties on the left, is expected to be adopted by a large majority.

If adopted, the new law is expected to come into force on June 1, 2025.

The last countries in Western Europe to allow abortion are the UK and the Netherlands with a 24-week limit and Iceland with a 24-week limit.