Legally induced abortions in Denmark after Chernobyl

Biomed Pharmacother. 1991;45(6):229-31. doi: 10.1016/0753-3322(91)90022-l.


During the months following the accident in Chernobyl, Denmark experienced an increasing rate of induced abortion, especially in regions with the largest measured increase in radiation. As the increase in radiation in Denmark was so low that almost no increased risk of birth defects was expected, the public debate and anxiety among the pregnant women and their husbands "caused" more fetal deaths in Denmark than the accident. This underlines the importance of public debate, the role of the mass media and of the way in which National Health authorities participate in this debate.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Legal / psychology
  • Abortion, Legal / statistics & numerical data*
  • Accidents / statistics & numerical data*
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Fetal Death / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Nuclear Reactors / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pregnancy
  • Ukraine