Thailand: Abortion legal for Thai birth defect cases linked to Zika, officials say

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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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Source: Reuters

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Thailand: Hypocrisy holds back use of abortion pills

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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

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Thailand: Dept. of Special Investigation Hunting Doctor Selling Abortion Pills Online

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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)
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)

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/crime/1036461/dsi-hunting-doctor-selling-abortion-pills-online

15 Jul 2016 at 13:33

Writer: King-Oua Laohang

Source: Bangkok Post

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