On 13 August 2018 we published a report that a 15-year-old girl on the island of Sumatra had been released the previous week on “humanitarian grounds” after having been in jail for a month. Although she had become pregnant after having been raped repeatedly by her brother, she was arrested and imprisoned for having had an illegal abortion. The brother did not know she could get pregnant. He was imprisoned for two years for sexual … Continued
Evidence from our analysis suggests that a model of remote provision of support for abortions later in pregnancy by non-medically trained, skilled abortion counsellors could be a safe alternative for women in need of abortions beyond 12 weeks’ gestation in a legally restrictive context.
Activists have welcomed the release of a 15-year-old girl from jail on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on “humanitarian grounds” following her arrest for an illegal abortion after she repeatedly raped by her older brother. The case received widespread media coverage, leading to renewed calls from women’s and human rights groups for the legalisation of abortion and other guarantees for women’s reproductive rights. The decision to suspend the girl’s sentence, described as rare, came after … Continued
Activists and legal experts have condemned the imprisonment of a 15-year-old girl who was raped by her 17-year-old brother several times during September 2017 and became pregnant. In the sixth month of her pregnancy, she was forced to have an abortion by her mother because of the shame involved when their community learned of the situation. The situation came to light after a fetus was found on the grounds of a plantation in May. The … Continued
“I became pregnant when I was 16. When I sought help from my family, they disowned me,” 23-year-old Tari (not her real name) said. So she moved from one friend’s place to another, eventually moving to West Java. After she gave birth, her family took the baby but told her she had to leave. She now lives in Jakarta. Despite the hardship, she said she never regretted giving birth. Yamini, a 70-year-old traditional baby masseuse … Continued