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Safe abortion crucial for women’s reproductive health

  • Stevie Emilia

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 30 2020   /  01:00 am
It’s mine: A protester holds a banner reading “my body my choice” on a crowded street. (Courtesy of Shutterstock/StunningArt)

Abortion – safe or unsafe, legal or illegal – has existed throughout history. Yet, it continues to be the most sensitive and controversial issue in reproductive health. The WHO has disclosed that an average of 73.3 million – safe and unsafe – abortions took place worldwide per year between 2015 and 2019, with the rate of abortions being higher in developing regions than in developed ones. Women, including adolescents, with unwanted pregnancies often resort to unsafe abortion for several reasons, including restrictive laws, stigma, conscientious objection of healthcare providers and unnecessary requirements, such as mandatory waiting periods, mandatory counselling, third-party authorization and medically unnecessary tests that delay care. Riznawaty Imma Aryanty, reproductive health program specialist at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Indon...