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House passes historic bill allowing first trimester abortion

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In a historic decision, the Thai House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow abortions during the first trimester of pregnancy. Abortion is currently illegal under Thailand’s Criminal Code unless under certain circumstances, such as if the abortion is necessary due to health reasons or if the woman was a victim of rape.

Under the bill, which was sponsored by the Cabinet, women who are up to 12 weeks pregnant would be able to have an abortion performed by a qualified doctor. Woman would not need to give a reason for the abortion. Abortion would still be illegal for women more than 12 weeks pregnant.

The Move Forward Party had also proposed a bill that would allow abortions for women who are up to 24 weeks pregnant. The House of Representatives discussed the 2 bills yesterday and voted in favour of the Cabinet sponsored-bill. The bill will be reviewed by a committee in parliament.

An advisor from the international non-profit Women Help Women, Sulaiporn Chonwilai, says the organisation supports abortions during the second trimester. Sulaiporn says she helps many pregnant young women who sought to have an abortion after 12 weeks.

Sulaiporn adds that she wants MPs to remove Section 301 in Thailand’s Criminal Code that punish women for self-abortion or procuring an abortion. The offense carries a punishment of up to 3 years in prison and a fine up to 6,000 baht.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Jesus Monroe

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 11:49 am

    As a male I don’t want somebody telling me what to do with my body so it makes sense a women wants the same. Right to lifers are always happy to fight for a child to come into this world and not give a shit once it’s here……..

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      Ipaddressfunnycolors

      Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      They’re the same people who say, don’t tell me to wear a mask. Its by body my choice. 55555

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        Issan John

        Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 12:42 pm

        NO THEY’RE NOT, at least not in Thailand although that may have some element of truth elsewhere.

        In Thailand people are very well aware that if you don’t wear a mask it’s not you that’s at risk but other people since masks are to protect others, not the wearer.

        People shouldn’t have to be “told” to wear a mask but they should do so by “choice” based on social responsibility, not self-interest.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    I can respect the “right to lifer”s’ POV on the sanctity of life as it isn’t just a Christian view but a Buddhist one too, but anything has to be better than the horrors of back street abortions.

    Like most matters of principle it isn’t just black or white and Buddhism allows for rational compromise, which this seems to be.

    I’m anything but a fan of any military-based government, anywhere, including ones which re-write the constitution to ensure they retain power after they claim a ‘return to democracy’, but to give at least some in the present government their due this and the similar Bill on LGBT rights, both sponsored by the Cabinet, are seriously progressive – credit where it’s due.

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      Ipaddressfunnycolors

      Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      Steven Levitt drew a comparison based on statistics that countries with out access to abortion led to higher rates of poverty and crime. There’s nothing more detrimental to a humans future than a parent who isn’t capable of being a parent. In usa it was predicted there would be wave of super criminals in the 90s, except it never happened and he attributed it to Americans having access to legal abortions

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        Jesus Monroe

        Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 5:41 pm

        “There’s nothing more detrimental to a humans future than a parent who isn’t capable of being a parent.”……so true

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    MSJF

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Notwithstanding the comments made here, and the arguments made in favor of abortion due to poverty considerations and women’s “property rights” etc, abortion remains an abomination before God. A sad day for Thai ethics; they are following the West down a dark rabbit hole.

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      Freddy The Frog

      Friday, December 25, 2020 at 5:51 pm

      Nutcase, there’s no such entity as god, it’s a fallacy purpitrated by people of little intelligence.

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      Issan John

      Friday, December 25, 2020 at 7:15 pm

      While hardly relevant in a country with a minimal number of Christians, could you name anywhere in the Bible that says “abortion remains an abomination before God”?

      Or anywhere in the Bible that mentions abortion at all?

      Anywhere at all?

      In any context?

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      ipafunnecolor

      Friday, December 25, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      Dude… God doesn’t care about human suffering… You people are not even human. We are humans living in a human world. God may or may not exist… that much is up for debate. Why did god allow for war or covid. my head is going to explode trying to rationalize my thoughts here. I respect your right to religous freedom, but religion is responsible for some of the most incomprehensible travesties, violence, human suffering, loss of freedom ever. Religion is a dark rabbit hole. Religion aims to control through fear. nuf said.

      Happy holidays!!! 😉

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    Roger Fleck

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Though shalt not kill that means small people dip stick

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    Roger Fleck

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 6:40 am

    this is not serious you have been duped have a covid beer and smile

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Government in control of Mor Chana app, says user data will be kept private

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The Thai government is taking full control of the Mor Chana application, which is used to trace Covid-19 infections and alert users if they are in a high risk area. The Digital Economy and Society Minister says the government will still be working closely with the app developers, adding that users can be assured that their data will be kept private.

The Mor Chana Volunteer Team, the app developer, made a post on their Facebook page saying the Mor Chana contact tracing application will be 100% under government management and control from now. The team will be responsible only for the open source programme development. The post has prompted public comments about the reason behind the application handover to the government.

Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta says the government will take full responsibility for the application management and control measures, but the collaboration with the app developers will continue. The developer team’s announcement is just to inform the public about the app.

He also says some app functions will be redesigned and adjusted to be more friendly to use and won’t violate users’ data privacy. Personal information such as users’ names and mobile numbers for registration won’t be required anymore.

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369 new Covid-19 cases were reported today during the daily briefing. Most cases were detected in Samut Sakhon in a mass testing campaign. Thailand currently has 3,147 active Covid-19 cases under treatment and investigation.

12,423 infections have now been detected since the start of 2020 – 8,186 of them reported since December 20 last year… just a month back.

12 of today’s newly announced cases were detected in quarantine from people arriving from overseas.

Police say they will issue arrest warrants for at least 2 people in connection to Saturday’s bomb attack near the Chamchuri Shopping Centre and Sam Yan MRT, just a few hundred metres from Lumphini park.

The people are suspected of throwing a ping pong bomb into a group of police officers, njuring 3 policemen and 1 reporter. Metropolitan police say the perpetrators threw the bomb from a vehicle as they were travelling over the flyover. Police found nails, wire and black electrical tape at the scene of the modest explosion.

The attack occurred at 6pm on Saturday, during a pro-democracy rally over the government’s enforcement of the lesé majeste law, which has seen over 43 people arrested, including students, since last November. Just last week, a Thammasat University student was arrested in his dorm room over lese majeste charges.

It might be a while until tourists can visit Australia, or Australians travel overseas. The Australian government has announced that borders might not reopen until at least 2022. Australia is rolling out its local immunisation program next month, but even if most of the population is vaccinated against Covid-19, the Australian government says it will probably wait to make sure the vaccine prevents the transmission of the virus before fully reopening borders.

Australia’s borders are only open for citizens, residents, those with family in Australia and travellers who have been in New Zealand for the previous 14 days. All incoming travellers must quarantine for 14 days unless they come from an area classified as a “green safe travel zone.”

The government announced today…. Already airlines have indicated that if you’re not vaccinated you can’t travel overseas and I think that’ll be an incentive to a lot of people. Looks like I’ll be chatting to family over Zoom for another year.

Thailand is on fire. The burning off of harvested crop plantations is lighting up the agricultural areas. The truth is starkly revealed in this live NASA satellite feed which tracks the fires around the world.

The website Firms.Modaps, shows the concentrations of the current fires around Central Thailand, north of Bangkok, parts of Isaan, north east of Bangkok, and around Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.

Notably the concentration of fires in northern Cambodia and across the north-western border in Myanmar, is also causing plenty of problems as the foreign smoke drifts across the borders. No matter what Thai officials do to enforce the rice, sugar and corn plantation burn-offs, there is little they can do about the haze drifting across the borders.

Bangkok, so close to clusters of fires, is in for bad air pollution this week, or anytime the light winds of the start of the year blow from the north or the east. The lack of rain adds to the problem, the annual problem, that engulfs Thailand’s capital during days between December and April, with the worst month, statistically, being March.

Chiang Mai also has a local geographic problem which exacerbates the bad smoke pollution. The city is in a valley, surrounded by hills, trapping in the smoke and helping block any breezes that could otherwise blow it away.

A 44 year old Australian man is wanted by Thai police for allegedly sexually abusing children in Thailand. Mr Adam Fox financially supported some migrant children in poverty stricken areas and allegedly sexually abused them.

He is wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting or abusing at least 3 Burmese boys, all under 15 years old, at his home in Tak’s Mae Sot district near the Myanmar border.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Adam has claimed the accusations are a “set up.” The Herald notes there is an explicit video allegedly involving Mr. Fox and a boy, as well as messages that go into detail about sexual abuse.

Reports of alleged sexual abuse came in after a local school principal noticed some of the boys had been absent from class, according to human trafficking investigator Daniel Isherwood.

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People arriving Phuket from the “highest risk” areas are required to take a swab test by the staff at emergency operation centres (EOC) or show the test result document endorsed by the EOC staff made within 72 hours of their arrival. The revised order is effective from now until January 31, according to the Phuket Governor.

Those people who are on a brief business trip to Phuket need to show certificates from their employers describing the reason and necessity of their trips. If they want to leave their accommodations, they have to make a request to the EOC and clearly explain the reason as well as the time and destination. Visitors are also asked to avoid going to the community areas to avoid crowded gatherings.

It is noted that the revised order by the governor has not been officially promoted by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department. However, all visitors are still asked to register online via the Mor Chana contact tracing application and via www.gophuget.com according to the order re-issued on Friday.

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