End stigma of abortion
published : 4 Mar 2020
Abortion has long been a highly stigmatised issue in Thailand given that it is considered "sinful" under Buddhist beliefs. Unsafe abortion at illegal clinics has remained an open secret for years.
However, calls for the legalisation of abortion have not been supported by lawmakers mostly due to religious concerns. Sadly, women and girls with unplanned and unwanted pregnancies have been deprived of their right to choose what they want to do with their bodies and their future.
Thai court says anti-abortion laws unconstitutional
Feb 20, 2029
By Chayut Setboonsarng
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's Constitutional Court has ruled that existing laws criminalizing abortion are unconstitutional and ordered them to be amended, paving the way for clearer regulation for reproductive rights.
Pregnancies in Thailand can be terminated legally if a woman's physical or mental health are at risk, the fetus has a high risk of a genetic disease, or in cases of rape and girls under the age of 15.
Thailand’s abortions are modern and safe. They’re also out of reach for most women (Video)
By Teirra Kamolvattanavith
Sep 26, 2019
The man on stage pulled a thin plastic tube out of a dragon fruit before a captivated audience. A little “blood” seeped out; the audience gasped. The man was a gynecologist, the dragon fruit was standing in for a uterus, and with the tube he was demonstrating vacuum-aspiration abortion.
“Abortion has been performed for thousands of year, but in the last century, we have new technology that’s made the process completely safe, like this equipment right here,” said Sunya Patrachai, an OB/GYN professor at the renowned Mahidol University, as he waved the tiny suction tube in the air. “Yet, only 30 percent of all doctors performing abortions in Thailand use this method.”.
Girl granted abortion over allegations of repeated rape by new stepfather
Tuesday, 6 Mar 2018
BANGKOK: Authorities will permit a 13-year-old girl to have an abortion after becoming two-months pregnant from allegedly being repeatedly raped by her drug-addicted stepfather in Pathum Thani’s Thanyaburi district.
The girl's 36-year-old scavenger mother had on Saturday filed a police complaint against her new husband, who is also a scavenger.
Nurse charged with running illegal abortion clinic
17 Nov 2017
WRITER: PRASIT TANGPRASERT
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A nurse has been arrested for allegedly running an illegal private abortion clinic in Muang district.
The suspect was identified as Suwanna Kaewsawang, 56, who previously worked as a nurse at private hospitals in the district.
She was apprehended at her room at a national public housing apartment in tambon Nong Chabok around 9.30pm on Thursday.
Continued at source: https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1362251/nurse-charged-with-running-illegal-abortion-clinic
Are illegal abortions in Hong Kong related to ‘class problem’?
High costs for private hospitals and stretched public health services blamed for women turning to black market or mainland to seek help over unwanted pregnancies
Saturday, 02 September, 2017
Increasing numbers of Hong Kong women are risking their lives by seeking illegal abortions at makeshift clinics in the city or on the mainland, an issue which a local lawmaker has condemned as a huge “class problem”.
Speaking to City Weekend after two women were jailed for carrying out illegal abortions in Hong Kong, Shiu Ka-chun, who represents the social welfare sector in the Legislative Council, said Hong Kong’s overburdened public hospitals meant not all pregnant women could get an abortion even if they were eligible. This forced them to resort to dangerous means out of desperation, he added.
Continued at source: South China Morning Post: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/2109340/are-illegal-abortions-hong-kong-related-class
Thu Oct 6, 2016 | 3:51am EDT
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre | BANGKOK, Reuters
Predominantly Buddhist Thailand will relax its strict rules against abortion to cover fetuses with proven birth defects linked to the Zika virus, health officials said on Thursday, doubling to 24 weeks a deadline for the procedure.
Thailand last week confirmed its first known cases of microcephaly linked to the mosquito-borne virus. The two cases of the birth defect marked by a small head were the first in Southeast Asia, following Zika outbreaks in the Americas
Health experts who met this week to draft guidelines for expectant mothers with Zika concluded that abortions can be carried out at up to 24 weeks in case of serious birth defects.
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by Sanitsuda Ekachai
28 Sep 2016
Here's the good news about women's health in Thailand as the world marks International Safe Abortion Day Wednesday: safe, easy and legal abortions are finally a reality here. And they're also free.
Here's the bad news: It's still very difficult for women to get medication abortion services from state hospitals.
"The problem is not a lack of medical technology. Nor the law. It's the die-hard hypocrisy our society has for women and young girls with unplanned pregnancies," said Kritaya Archavanitkul, a reproductive health activist and associate professor in demography.
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Source: Bangkok Post
DSI chief Paisit Wongmuang, right, inspects packs of abortion pills seized in Nakhon Pathom province, during a press conference at his office in Bangkok on Friday. (DSI photo)
15 Jul 2016 at 13:33
Writer: King-Oua Laohang
Source: Bangkok Post