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[UPDATED] Critics lambast Indonesia over signing of US-led anti-abortion consensus

  • Ardila Syakriah and Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 30, 2020   /  12:49 pm
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Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wave during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, Indonesia, Oct. 29. On Oct. 22 Indonesia signed the Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women's Health and Strengthening the Family during a virtual ceremony cohosted by Pompeo and US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.( Indonesian Presidential Palace/Rusman)

A coalition of Indonesian women rights groups have lambasted the government for having signed an anti-abortion consensus rolled out by the United States, saying the government cosponsored it without proper public consultation. The coalition deemed the signing of the consensus unconstitutional and harmful to the sexual and reproductive health of Indonesian women because it might lead to more unsafe abortion practices that would lead to more maternal deaths. Indonesia is among 32 countries that have signed the Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women's Health and Strengthening the Family during a virtual ceremony cohosted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on Oct. 22. Indonesia is a cosponsor of the declaration alongside Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Uganda and the US. Indonesia's decision to support the consensus ...