Malawi: Priest Advocates for Enactment of New Abortion Law

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Malawi: Priest Advocates for Enactment of New Abortion Law

8 December 2017

With over 141,000 women in Malawi inducing abortions annually mostly through unsafe means, an Anglican Church priest has called for enactment of new abortion law. Below is an article by REV. FR. MARTIN KALIMBE published in the column on Sexual and Reproductive Health which Centre for Solutions Journalism is running in The Daily Times of Malawi.

Is the church in support of legalisation of abortion? This is a question which the media posed to me during a recent live debate on Television Malawi.

It was a difficult question to answer because the church is completely divided on the issue of abortion. There are also cases where members of the clergy within the same church are also divided on the issue.

Continued at source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201712080750.html

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Malawi: Govt escalates draft abortion Bill

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Govt escalates draft abortion Bill

James Chavula
May 30, 2017

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has finally published the findings of the Special Law Commission on the Review of Abortion Laws.

Not only does it officially bring the proposed amendments of abortion laws to the attention of Cabinet and Parliament, it also escalates the July 2015 report which contains the draft Termination of Pregnancy Bill whose existence government denied when some Christians marched against liberalisation of colonial abortion laws last December.

According to assistant chief law reform officer Edda Chavula, the step puts the law reform firmly on the path to be deliberated by Cabinet.

Continued at source: Malawi Nation: http://mwnation.com/govt-escalates-draft-abortion-bill/

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Malawi govt releases Abortion Bill to the public

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Malawi govt releases Abortion Bill to the public
May 27, 2017
Alfred Chauwa

Malawi Government has finally released and gazetted the long awaited Termination of Pregnancy Bill to the general public ending speculation on the whereabouts of the bill.

Discussing abortion law reforms

The report and the Bill has this week been distributed to all 193 members of parliament, Speaker of parliament, libraries, universities, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice and the judiciary.

The Bill is expected to be tabled in this session of parliament.

Continued at source: Nyasa Times: https://www.nyasatimes.com/malawi-govt-releases-abortion-bill-public/

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Malawi: Activists ask government to enact new abortion law

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Malawi: Activists ask government to enact new abortion law

April 6, 2017
Ligomeka says women should have freedom, autonomy and control over their bodies

Human rights activists in Malawi have urged authorities to enact new Termination of Pregnancy legislation following revelations that 141,000 abortions occurred in the southern African nation in 2015.

According to research conducted by the US based Guttmacher Institute and the Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine, the majority of the abortions were performed under clandestine and unsafe conditions and most of them resulted in complications.

Continued at source: CSJ News: http://csjnews.org/2017/04/06/malawi-activists-abortion-law/

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Malawi’s New Abortion Bill Angers Groups on Both Sides of the Debate

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A new Termination of Pregnancy bill proposed by the Malawian government gives women more access to abortion services, but still imposes limits on when a woman is allowed to have the procedure.

Written by Rumbi Chakamba
Published on December 01, 2016, News Deeply

As Malawi’s parliament prepares to review a new draft law on abortion, the bill is being criticized by both anti-abortion activists who condemn it as immoral, and pro-choice activists who argue that it doesn’t go far enough.

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Source: News Deeply

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Malawi Churches back abortion bill: Pastors ask MPs to approve Termination of Pregancy law

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October 27, 2016 Alfred Chauwa - Nyasa Times

Some clerics under the banner if Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) are now backing a bill aimed at preventing unsafe abortions called Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

Termination of Pregnancy Bill awaits Parliament’s enactment.

Grounds for pregnancy termination in the bill include rape, incest, foetus deformation and pregnancies that endanger women’s lives or may cause mental or physical health complications.

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Source: Nyasa Times

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Malawi: Abortion is not a crime

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Luke Tembo, September 28, 2016, The Nation

For far too long, Malawians view of termination of pregnancy has condemned women and girls to either death or permanent disability. These are needless injuries and deaths that can be prevented if only we stop looking at termination of pregnancy as a crime, moral, faith or cultural issue-but rather as public health issue.

In the country, termination of pregnancy is legal but heavily restricted. It is permissible only to save the life of a pregnant woman. The restrictive law and the criminal sanctions are the main drivers of unsafe abortion in the country because women, for fear of the law, resort to clandestine and dangerous means to terminate pregnancies.

According to the Magnitude and Incidences of Abortion in Malawi, a study conducted by the Ministry of Health, over 70 000 women and girls procure abortion every year.

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Source: The Nation

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