NEPAL – Editorial calls for standards and regulations on abortion

The law on abortion in Nepal is vague in that it does not explain the standards prescribed for non-governmental and private health institutions that can provide obstetric care, including abortion. Mere passage of a law holds little meaning if the guidelines for executing its provisions are not formulated. This has been the case with the Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Right Act, whose provisions are facing difficulty in their implementation even a year after its … Continued

INDIA – Abortion pills should be everywhere !

I bought them online. They’re easy to get, and they’ll change everything. One afternoon about a year ago, just as the US Senate began considering Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, I logged on to Day Night Healthcare, an online pharmacy based in India, and ordered a pack of abortion pills. A few hours later, I got a call from a Day Night customer service agent with a warning. If my credit card company … Continued

MALAYSIA – Baby dumping: a consequence of governmental refusal to provide comprehensive sex education, contraception and safe abortion to adolescents

According to Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (photo), 1,010 cases of baby dumping have been recorded in Malaysia from 2010 to May 2019. 64% of the babies were found dead. Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh said that in the same period, there were 292 cases where the babies were left near residential areas, 115 babies were left in toilets, and 95 were found in rubbish bins. At … Continued

PHILIPPINES – Mylene was a young doctor who was raped by a local politician who paid for her education…

…After finding out she was pregnant, she attempted to self-induce an abortion, since Philippine law forbids abortion even when pregnancy results from sexual violence. Mylene died from complications of the unsafe abortion and her inability to access emergency care. Mylene is not alone. Hundreds of thousands of Filipinas face similar situations, and due to the country’s outdated criminal law, they too are at risk of dying from unsafe abortions. There is no conflict between allowing … Continued

INDIA – Delhi High Court seeks Centre’s response to plea for raising abortion upper time limit

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre on a petition seeking to raise the time limit for terminating pregnancy in case of health risk to the mother or the fetus from the current upper limit of 20 weeks to 24-26 weeks. The Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Brijesh Sethi sought responses from the Health and Law Ministries, and the National Commission for Women on a petition filed by social activist … Continued

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