…to provide them with information and confidential abortion care. At least 12 health institutions in Rolpa, Nepal, including Rolpa District Hospital, provide safe abortion pills for unwanted pregnancy up to nine weeks free of cost. The hospital and two primary health centres also provide safe aspiration abortions up to 12 weeks free of cost.
Uma (not her name) residing in Bajura district underwent two unsafe abortions and had to visit Bayalpata Hospital in Aacham district for treatment. This time around, however, she had an abortion at the local Devalsen Health Centre, because a safe abortion service has been launched there, in the village. Like Uma, the majority of women hesitated to seek safe abortion care at the district Bayalpata Hospital, which involved a two-day journey, even though they were … Continued
Nepal has always demonstrated its commitment to women’s rights, and has been a pioneer in South Asia in recognising, protecting and fulfilling women’s rights. We appeal to the government to continue treading this progressive path, and uphold women’s SRHR during these turbulent times where we are witnessing a massive push back and regression of women’s rights globally.
The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) has been working since 1993 to champion women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Their January 2017 e-newsletter, Issue 1, highlights five short videos on SRHR issues in Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, and Philippines. We highlight two of them here, which are on safe abortion in Cambodia and Nepal, both countries that have legalised early abortions, highlighting the fact that many women are not yet aware of this.
More than a year after announcing that abortion would be available free of cost, the government of Nepal has set aside Rs 32 million for the fiscal year 2016-17 to start the service. Preparation included collecting data on the number of abortion services seekers. “Once it is complete, we will pass it to Ministry of Finance; after that, we will be able to start the service. It might take around two to three more weeks.”