Nepal: The abortion puzzle

The abortion puzzle

September 16, 2017
Laxmi Sapkota

Abortion as a choice is in itself a pro-women step. But we have been unable to make it safe

There is an ongoing debate in the international arena on the personality of a fetus, a debate which has morphed into a larger “pro-choice” vs “pro-life” debate on abortion. In Nepal, abortion is recognized as pro-choice: as a privilege of pregnant women. According to our Country Code (2020), if an abortion is carried out by a qualified and registered health worker as per the procedures prescribed by the government, it shall not be deemed a criminal offense. Also, for the abortion of a fetus of up to 18 weeks that is the result of rape or incest, abortion can be carried out with the consent of the pregnant woman.

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