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Register of legally induced abortionions


Primary variables

Abortion method

Admission /discharge

Civil status



Date for outpatient intervention

No. abortions

Pregnancy - length

Previous births


The Register of Legally Induced Abortions (ABR) contains data on induced abortions in Denmark. When a legally induced abortion occurs in Denmark, the doctor reports to the Danish Health Data Authority via the National Patient Register (LPR), and this data is collated in ABR.

The information in the register includes data on the authority, complications and the nature of intervention, including whether the abortion was surgically or medically induced. The register also includes data on weeks of pregnancy, previous pregnancy, woman's age, nature of intervention and any complications.

ABR covers the period 1973-1994. The special notification form for the Register of Legally Induced Abortions ceased on 1 January, 1995, when data on induced abortions become part of the LPR.

More details

Health monitoring
Scientific Research
Collection Period
1973 - 1994
The population includes women who have had a legally induced abortion at a Danish hospital or clinic
Database Categories

Application requirements

Scientific Services at The Danish Health Data Authority

Scientific Services (Danish: Forskerservice) at The Danish Health Data Authority is a Joint port of access to pseudo anonymized data that the Danish Health Data Authority are responsible for. Scientific Services works to support health research in Denmark, by providing access to, as well as advising on use of the National Danish health data.

Via Scientific Service researchers can obtain access to these data, either in a safe environment on the Research Mashine (Danish: Forskermaskinen) or by ordering data extractions that are delivered directly to the researcher.

To apply for access to data, a list of requirements must be obtained. A Project description and an extension description must be attached, containing information about which registries, variables, population and period that are applied for. Furthermore, the Danish Data Protection Agency (Danish: Datatilsynet) must approve the research project, and the approval should be attached to the application. If the research project includes direct contact with humans or human biological material, The National Committee on Health Research Ethics must also approve the project.

Application process

  • Use Scientific Services (Danish: Forskerservice) as application portal
  • Initial case processing
  • Preliminary approval of the permissions
  • Bidding
  • Acceptance of data access
  • Programming
  • Data access via the Research Machine (Danish: Forskermaskinen)



As a public authority and data processor The Danish Health Data Authority are subject to Danish laws for treatment of personal data, that should secure that the Danish health data are treated right. These legislations include The Act on Processing of Personal Data (Danish: Persondataloven) and The Danish Act of Health (Danish: Sundhedloven).

Contact information

Data owner
Danish Health Data Authority
Contact data owner
Ørestads Boulevard 5
2300 København S
Website - data owner
Data administrator
Danish Health Data Authority
Contact data administrator
Ditte Trier-Poulsen
T: 32 68 51 29
Website - data administrator