Malawi's Liberalized Abortion Bill Sparks New Debate By Lameck Masina

Updated: Sep 18, 2020

Hi Mfumukazi's,

Welcome back to our MGR website where we discuss all things concerning Malawian Women and Girls. One of the topics that has Malawi in a frenzy currently is the #TerminationofPregnancyBill as it will be tabled in Parliament soon. As usual here is an article we thought you’d want to read by Lameck Masina it includes all you need to know about the bill.

****Anti-abortion activists in Malawi are protesting plans by the National Assembly to debate a bill that would allow abortion in cases of rape and incest.  Malawi's abortion rights activists argue the Termination of Pregnancy Bill would prevent the 12,000 deaths annually from illegal, unsafe abortions.

Abortion is currently illegal in Malawi and punishable by a maximum of 14 years in prison except in cases where pregnancy threatens the life of a woman.

Proponents of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill say the restriction is forcing women to seek illegal abortion services mostly from untrained personnel. 

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