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Jakarta Post

Indonesia criticized for signing anti-abortion convention

  • Ardila Syakriah and Dian Septiari


Jakarta   /   Sat, October 31 2020   /  01:00 am
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wearing protective masks wave during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, Indonesia, October 29, 2020. ( Indonesian Presidential Palace/Rusman)

A coalition of Indonesian women rights groups have lambasted the government for signing an anti-abortion convention rolled out by the United States, saying the government cosponsored it without proper public consultation.  The coalition deemed the signing of the convention unconstitutional and harmful to the sexual and reproductive health of Indonesian women because it might lead to more unsafe abortion practices and subsequently, 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 t...