Achala (not her name) is bravely breaking a taboo. With poise and calm, the 36-year-old is talking about her abortion three years previously. While she is hardly alone in terminating a pregnancy, few Sri Lankan women are willing to openly discuss their experiences in a country where the issue remains legally and culturally off limits. Sri Lanka’s abortion laws are among the most restrictive in the world and attempts at legal reform are held up … Continued
“If you are not in favour of legal abortion, then you are in favour of illegal abortion.” – Prof. Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, former President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists In 2017, public debate began once again over proposals to amend the law on abortion in Sri Lanka, with opposition as in the past primarily from the Catholic church. Reforms to the Penal Code of 1883, which permits abortion only if the woman’s life … Continued
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 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
“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.