Nepal – Editorial: Make regulations

Editorial: Make regulations
The Act is vague in that it does not explain the standards prescribed for non-governmental and private health institutions that can provide obstetric care

Published: August 28, 2019
The Himalayan Times

Mere passage of a law holds little meaning if the regulations, that is, the guidelines for executing the provisions in the law, are not formulated. This has been the case with the Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Right Act, whose provisions are facing difficulty in their implementation even a year after its endorsement by the Parliament for want of related regulations. In the absence of the regulations, many women are unable to enjoy their rights and seek compensation when their reproductive health rights are violated. Due to the delay in formulating the regulations, health institutions have no option but to keep working as per the old act. The law, among others, has given women the right to decide on when and how many children to have, and also the requirement of her consent on a prescribed format of a health institution should she want a safe abortion.