Most induced abortions in Malawi are performed under unsafe conditions, contributing to the high maternal mortality ratio. Malawians are currently debating whether to provide additional exceptions under which an abortion may be legally obtained. An estimated 67,300 induced abortions occurred in Malawi in 2009, but since then changes such as dramatic increases in contraceptive prevalence may have impacted abortion rates.
Human rights activists have urged the Malawian government to enact the abortion bill that was developed last year with the involvement of a Special Law Commission, which included representatives from all the main religious bodies, as well as representatives from … Continued
Unsafe abortions are an important contributor to Malawi’s maternal mortality and morbidity… Post-abortion care (PAC) aims to reduce adverse consequences of unsafe abortions, in part by treating incomplete abortions. Although global and national PAC policies recommend manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) for treatment of incomplete abortion, usage in Malawi is low and appears to be decreasing, with sharp curettage being used in preference.
Incomplete abortion is one of the main causes of obstetric complications in Malawi. Surgical management with curettage is the most common treatment, despite WHO’s recommendation to use manual vacuum aspiration (MVA). Researchers are looking to see whether training health … Continued
An article in February 2017 about celebrations by Banja La Mtsogolo of 30 years of providing reproductive health services in Malawi, reported that the group backed calls for legalisation of abortion in the country, arguing that many women are dying … Continued
Prominent civil society organisations have responded to religious leaders who petitioned the Malawian Parliament in December 2016 against the proposed reforms on safe abortion, accusing them of double standards on the matter. The groups included the Malawi Human Rights Resource … Continued
A study found that all Malawians understand that the problem of unsafe abortion exists. Different stakeholders were interviewed, including religious leaders, chiefs, young people, politicians, parliamentarians – and all of them agreed that this problem exists. They did however raise the challenge that it was a difficult subject to discuss publicly.
Not long after the Malawi Council of Churches expressed optimism that the faith community in Malawi would endorse the safe abortion bill waiting to be tabled in the country’s Parliament, doctors in the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship in Malawi urged government to critically reassess the proposed bill and stop its passage through Parliament.
The bill proposes reform to ensure that women and girls are not dying of unsafe abortions complications. However the Chair of COPUA (Coalition to Prevent Unsafe Abortion) has noted that the new bill fails to provide enough grounds on which women and girls could seek safe abortion services.
In August 2015, political parties endorsed abortion law reforms in Malawi as currently abortion is illegal and is punishable by a maximum of 14 years in jail except in cases where the pregnancy threatens the life of a woman. The bill is currently at Cabinet level but Members of Parliament have openly asked civil society for more civic education on the issue, as politicians are shy, they say, about speaking of the bill in their constituencies.