What is registered in the Registry of Pregnancy Termination
All terminations of pregnancy must be reported to the Registry of Pregnancy Termination. Health personnel who are associated with institutions where pregnancy terminations are performed must report the information.
The information in the registration form provides knowledge and information about self-determined and committee-handled pregnancy terminations.
The following information is registered:
- De-identified personal data about the woman, meaning that there is no personally identifying information such as name or social security number.
- Information about the woman's health conditions, the request for termination, any court processing of the request and medical information about the termination.
Registration is authorised by regulations
The authority for registering all petitions for termination of pregnancy in the Registry of Pregnancy Termination can be found in the Registry of Pregnancy Termination's regulations.
Committee-handled abortions (after 12 weeks gestation), pursuant to Section 2 third paragraph of the Abortion Act must also be Registered in the Medical Birth Registry (MFR). The authority for this registration can be found in the regulations for the MFR.
Currently, the abortion notification forms the basis for registration in both registries. Permanent registration in the Registry of Pregnancy Termination takes place in de-identified form, i.e., without personally identifying information, such as name and social security number.
Permanent registration in the MFR of termination of pregnancy granted by the committee according to the Abortion Act § 2 third paragraph letters a, b, d and e must also take place in de-identified form.
Right of reservation
Termination of pregnancy according to the Abortion Act § 2 third paragraph letter c is granted if "there is a great risk that the child may develop a serious disease, as a result of hereditary factors, illness or harmful influences during pregnancy".
Permanent registration in the MFR of such pregnancy terminations can include personally identifiable information, but only if the woman does not object to this. The right of reservation is authorised in the regulations for the Medical Birth Registry. If the woman makes use of the right of reservation, permanent registration of the termination of pregnancy must also take place in de-identified form in the MFR.
In connection with completing the abortion notification for termination of pregnancy according to the Abortion Act § 2 third paragraph letter c, the woman must be informed of her right to object to the permanent storage of personally identifiable information in the MFR. Any request for a reservation will be registered in the abortion notification.
Contact NIPH about deletion
Women who have had a termination according to the Abortion Act § 2 third paragraph letter c and who have not been informed of their right to object to the permanent storage of personally identifiable information in the MFR, and who want this information deleted, can contact the Norwegian Institute of Public Health to request deletion.