Christian mayor inflames Norway abortion debate by posting picture of fake 12-week foetus in palm of a hand

  • Jørgen Kristiansen posted photo of  12-week-old foetus on Facebook
  • Image shows 5.5cm figure with fingers and  toes being held in a hand
  • Norway’s government currently discussing  plans for abortion referrals
  • Doctors may be able to refuse to refer  patients if ethically opposed
  • Mayor condemned for posting ‘anti-abortion propoganda’ that is ‘a lie’
  • Under Norwegian law, women can obtain  termination up to 18 weeks

By Sophie Jane Evans

PUBLISHED:          12:25  EST, 4 February 2014

A Christian mayor has sparked outrage after  posting a photo of a fake 12-week-old foetus on Facebook.

Jørgen Kristiansen, deputy mayor of  Kristiansand, put up the image in a bid to display his views on abortion.

It shows the 5.5cm foetus – featuring  fingers, toes and ears – being held in the palm of a hand.

Controversial: Jørgen Kristiansen has sparked outrage after posting this photo of a fake foetus on Facebook

Controversial: Jørgen Kristiansen has sparked outrage  after posting this photo of a fake foetus on Facebook

‘This is what a 12-week-old foetus looks  like,’ Mr Kristiansen wrote under the photo, according  to The Local.

  ‘It gives me at least a basis for reflection  when the country is standing in the middle of a discussion on doctor’s  reservation rights.’
Deputy mayor: Mr Kristiansen (pictured) put up the image in a bid to display his views on abortion

Deputy mayor: Mr Kristiansen (pictured) put up the image  in a bid to display his views on abortion

The image has inflamed Norway’s abortion  debate – with the government currently discussing plans to allow doctors to  refuse to refer patients for an abortion if they are ethically opposed to the  act.

Their refusal may be based on either  religious or other grounds.

The discussion is part of a deal to try to  win the support of the Christian Democrat party, as agreed by Norway’s two-party  coalition last September.

Today, Marie Simonsen, political editor of  Norway’s Dagbladet newspaper, said the photo posted by Mr Kristiansen did not  truly represent a 12-week-old foetus.

‘This is a doll and a dishonest way to debate  this matter,’ she told the news site.

‘It is shocking that a senior member of the  Christian Democrats is posting anti-abortion  propaganda which he must know is a  lie.’

However, Mr Kristiansen has defended the  photo – claiming it shows ‘everything a child has when it is 12-weeks-old’.

Nearly 90 per cent of Norwegian mayors would  vote against doctors being given the right to refuse to refer patients for  abortion, according to a survey carried out by the country’s Verdens Gang  newspaper.

Guidelines: Under Norwegian law, patients can have an abortion by application up to 18 weeks of pregnancy

Guidelines: Under Norwegian law, patients can have an  abortion by application up to 18 weeks of pregnancy

An overwhelming 165 out of 187 mayors  said  women who eligible for a termination by law should not be declined  by medics  who are acting on religious or other grounds.

Under Norwegian law, patients can have an  abortion on demand up to 12 weeks, by application up to 18 weeks and only under  special circumstances thereafter.

This is in contrast to British law, which  enables women to obtain a termination up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2551660/Christian-mayor-inflames-Norway-abortion-debate-posting-picture-fake-12-week-foetus-palm-hand.html#ixzz2sSYuQYNq Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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It actually is what a 12 week fetus looks like – fetal development month by month: http://www.webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development

The more people see that a 12 week old fetus isn’t a ‘clump of cells”, like they’ve been told in the past, the more they become prolife.

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