New Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Association of Malawi backs abortion law reform

On 23 June 2016, the Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Association of Malawi was launched. Its President, Prof Frank Taulo, said their aim was to help to maintain high clinical and ethical standards and improving lives of Malawian women. Another objective is to encourage the highest standards of training in obstetrics and gynaecology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.During the launch, when asked for the position of the new Association’s members on abortion, almost all the delegates raised their hands in support of the law reform on abortion proposed in 2015. A communique was released confirming this stance at the end of the meeting.Reacting to the news, the National Coordinator, Chrispin Gwalawala Sibande of the Coalition for the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion ( COPUA) said he was happy that the law reform on abortion received backing from the experts themselves. “These are the technical people who understand all the technical aspects of abortion in Malawi so to have them coming out clear, is a welcome development.”SOURCE: Nyasa Times, 23 June 2016