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Illegal abortion clinic reveals high demand amid shortage of formal facilities

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, February 21, 2020   /  07:48 am
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A police line is hung outside a house in Jl. Paseban in Central Jakarta, that was allegedly used as an illegal abortion clinic. Police have named three suspects in the case in which around 900 pregnancies were reportedly terminated in the house. (Kompas.com/Cynthia Lova)

The illegal clinic, in which more than 900 pregnancies were terminated since 2018, that was uncovered by the Jakarta Police recently, shows the persistent demand for abortion in Jakarta, with experts calling for the government to provide better facilities for safe procedures. Investigations are still ongoing into the clinic located on Jl. Paseban Raya in Senen district in Central Jakarta. Police arrested three suspects on Feb 11 for allegedly facilitating illegal abortions. The suspects are a gynecologist identified only as MM aka A, RM a midwife and S a clinic staff member. Furthermore, Jakarta Police are also on the hunt for others alleged to be involved in the case, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said. The police are currently looking for another gynecologist identified only as S, and two midwives, D and IO, Yusri said, adding that around 50 mid...