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Jakarta Post

Delayed abortion regulation denies sexual abuse victims’ rights: Critics

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Activists from the Women Action Committee stage a rally as part of the #SOS (Save Our Sisters) campaign in May.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
News Desk
Jakarta   ●   Mon, August 21, 2017

The government’s sluggish effort to provide legal and safe abortion services has largely denied the rights of the people, especially victims of rape, to proper reproductive health services, say women’s rights campaigners.

Three years after the Health Ministry’s Decree on Reproductive Health went into force, the much-awaited service remains elusive. The decree is a follow-up to Law No. 36/2009 on Health, which legalizes abortion for rape victims and as a life-saving measure.

According to the decree, legal abortions should be performed by certified doctors at health facilities designated by the health minister. Each patient should be accompanied by a counselor who provides psychological assistance before, during and after the abortion, as well as during the pregnancy if the patient decided to cancel the abortion.

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