Myanmar: the weight of religion, an obstacle to decriminalisation of abortion Although contraception is freely available, few women know how to use it and young ones, especially in rural areas, are ashamed to try and obtain it. Abortion is legally forbidden except in case of mortal danger for women. Those who seek it clandestinely are often putting their lives at risk anyway. In this traditional Buddhist country sexual education is taboo and the word “vagina” … Continued
Women denied the right to an abortion are injuring and killing themselves in an attempt to end their pregnancies, doctors and specialists say. These botched abortions are often carried out by the women themselves.
In Myanmar, most people practice Theravada Buddhism, which says life starts at conception. Still, studies suggest an estimated 250,000 Burmese women get illegal abortions each year. It’s a leading cause of maternal death in Myanmar. While contraceptives are available, they can be difficult to obtain, particularly for poor women and women living in rural areas.