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Senate backs early stage abortions

Senate backs early stage abortions

THAILAND: Legislators in the Senate on Monday (Jan 25) voted in 166-7 in favour of permitting abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy while maintaining penalties for later terminations.

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By The Phuket News

Tuesday 26 January 2021, 04:52PM


Activists from the Women for Freedom and Democracy group stage a protest outside parliament on Monday to oppose the amendment to the Criminal Code that allows early-stage abortion but makes termination after the 12th week of pregnancy illegal. Photo: Bangkok Post.

Activists from the Women for Freedom and Democracy group stage a protest outside parliament on Monday to oppose the amendment to the Criminal Code that allows early-stage abortion but makes termination after the 12th week of pregnancy illegal. Photo: Bangkok Post.

The majority voted to amend the existing law that criminalises abortion, pledging support to a plan seeking to tackle unregulated terminations by non-medical practitioners.

Last week an amendment was passed by the lower house that followed on from a Constitutional Court ruling last February stating that criminalising abortion was both unconstitutional and a violation of human rights.

The amendment proposes that any abortion undertaken after the 12 week timeline would only be allowed if a certified doctor deems there is a high risk of fetal impairment, danger to the life of the mother, or if a pregnancy was the result of rape, deception or coercion.

Those that did not meet this criteria would otherwise be punishable by up to six months in prison, or a fine of up to B10,000 or both.

“This means abortion is conditional and can only be done by doctors according to the law,” Senator Wanlop Tangkhananurak said on Monday.

The proposal was not met favourably by pro-choice activists who argued that maintaining penalties would ensure the stigma of abortion continues and not protect the rights of the mother.

“We want all penalties to be revoked because it is a person’s right to abort a pregnancy without being punished,” Nisarat Jongwisan, councillor and activist at Tam Tang, a pro-choice group said.

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Kurt | 27 January 2021 - 12:23:21

@PhuketRe, in a normal marriage ( living together) both have input in decision making. If mother lives alone ( husband has abandon her) than it is solely woman's decision only. Perhaps her 'husband' doesn't pay alimoney? Could be a abortion reason for woman. Not a strange happening here, that not paying alimoney, I mean.

Pascale | 27 January 2021 - 09:55:49

@PhuketRe   Rights of the father ? Guess you are talking about all those caring dad's who leave their wives/girlfriends after they become pregnant or after a baby was born. Any idea how many Thai woman had to look after/ care for their baby by themselves after husband left ? Your anti-abortion attitude is outdated.  

PhuketRe | 27 January 2021 - 06:47:19

Rights of the mother? And where are here the rights of the father? Or they are considered only when he has to pay leter alimoney??? Nobody talks about it!!! People should learn to use condoms and make good decisions with awareness and not kill innocent beings that cannot defend themselves.

 

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