SRI LANKA: Male medical doctors brief male religious leaders on abortion law reform

  An all-male group of medical doctors representing the Sri Lankan Health Ministry met with a group of all-male religious leaders of the Congress of Religions in Colombo to explain and discuss proposed amendments to the abortion law. Prof Sujeewa Amarasena, Professor in Paediatrics, Ruhuna University Medicine Faculty, said the recommendations had been made to decriminalise abortion and allow for medical termination of pregnancies only in three specific circumstances under strict regulations.The three instances were … Continued

SRI LANKA – Sri Lanka authorities arrest Indian man for smuggling abortion pills

  Sri Lankan customs authorities arrested an Indian man who flew in on a Sri Lankan plane for allegedly smuggling 16,930 misoprostol pills (or 1,630, depending on the source) – described in one news article as “highly potent” – into the country without declaring them in India and paying customs duty. The pills were said to be worth about 2.3 million rupees. He was allegedly buying the pills in India for a low price and … Continued

Shadow Report to the Committee against Torture on Sri Lanka’s abortion law

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“Repeal the anti-abortion law in the penal code, criminalize all acts of rape, including marital and child rape in all circumstances and absolutely prohibit the marriage of children under 18 years of age,” the Global Justice Center (GJC) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) urge the the Committee Against Torture (CAT), to ask the Sri Lankan Government.

SRI LANKA: Abortion myth-busting and sex education are key to ensuring women’s rights as human rights

by Sarah Soysa, volunteer at the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka Abortion myth-busting is urgently needed, as I discovered from several consultations and social media dialogues we had recently in Sri Lanka. Even today many people say that women can use contraception to avoid pregnancy, without knowing the realities of stigma around access to contraception and the lack of youth friendly health centres in the country. There is still a lack of understanding of … Continued

SRI LANKA: Youth Advocacy Networks

Will laws, unhygienic conditions and myths stop women from accessing unsafe abortions!?   by Lakmini Prabani Perera, Sri Lanka   https://youthadvocacynetworksl.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/will-laws-unhygienic-conditions-and-myths-stop-women-from-accessing-unsafe-abortions/ Under the Penal Code of 1883, abortion is illegal in Sri Lanka. So an abortion can only be performed to save the mother’s life.   Can a woman in Sri Lanka have an abortion to preserve her physical health? NO! Can a woman in Sri Lanka have an abortion to preserve her mental health? NO! Can … Continued

Focus on abortion providers, including medical students

Archive newsletter – August 2015 AUSTRALIA   “Papaya Workshops”- A reflection from a medical student participant at the Children by Choice Conference, 2015 by Tessa Moody, 6th year medical student, Adelaide University 16 June 2015 http://asap-asia.org/blog/papaya-workshops-a-reflection-from-a-medical-student-participant-at-the-children-by-choice-conference-2015/#sthash.Wt4ajjqn.bMIP511Z.dpbs   It was an insightful and empowering experience to be involved in the “Papaya Workshop” – a hands-on activity designed to educate medical students and practitioners about manual vacuum aspiration and D&C as safe termination techniques. The session was led … Continued

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