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Forum shows abortion remains contentious issue

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua   /   Thu, December 6 2012   /  07:24 am

Although some may consider abortion to be an uncontroversial issue, participants at the three-day Global Youth Forum (GYF) in Bali are still debating its pros and cons.

Although the Programme of Action (PoA) of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) stated that safe abortion was no longer controversial, questions remain on how countries can properly implement it.

“We should be very careful on this issue as moral and religious debates are still raging,” Eddy Hasmi, a representative of the Indonesian government on the GYF’s international steering committee, said on Wednesday.

Eddy said that the Indonesian delegation was still negotiating whether to return to the discussion on safe abortions and sexual rights, as proposed in a draft of recommendations on staying healthy.

“We as the government need to pay attention. We have...