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Thai law to be amended to allow for abortion up to 12 weeks

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The Thai Cabinet has approved an amendment to the country’s laws that will permit abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Government deputy spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek confirmed the amendment in a press statement yesterday.

“The cabinet has approved to amend the law of abortion in the Thailand Criminal Code, Section 301, for women who are not more than 12 weeks pregnant can be legally aborted. This period of pregnancy is a safe period for abortion confirmed by the Medical Council of Thailand and The Royal Thai College of the Obstetricians and Gynecologists.”

In Thailand, abortion is governed by the Thai Criminal Code, which stipulates that abortion in the case of a pregnancy over 12 weeks is punishable by up to 6 months’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to 10,000 baht.

In February, the Constitutional Court ruled that a section of the Criminal Code was unlawful for failing to hold men equally responsible for illegal abortions. The ruling stated that men who pressure their partners to seek illegal abortions must also be held legally accountable and ordered that the section be amended by February 13, 2021.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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  1. Nice not to bring another kid into a world in a hurry while our hands are full dealing with so many suicides. Unless of course the pro lifers want to take care of the new babies………good luck with that. They are happy to fight for them to come into the world but as soon as they get here they don’t give a *^*756$*.about them.

    1. I have to agree, it’s long been possible for women to get access to this provision, and whilst it’s not a jolly thing, it’s often for the best for all kinds of reasons. I understand and empathise with the pro-life position a lot, but I also for the the pro-abortion position, but in some cases there shouldn’t be an age limit.

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5 Comments

  1. Nice not to bring another kid into a world in a hurry while our hands are full dealing with so many suicides. Unless of course the pro lifers want to take care of the new babies………good luck with that. They are happy to fight for them to come into the world but as soon as they get here they don’t give a *^*756$*.about them.

    1. I have to agree, it’s long been possible for women to get access to this provision, and whilst it’s not a jolly thing, it’s often for the best for all kinds of reasons. I understand and empathise with the pro-life position a lot, but I also for the the pro-abortion position, but in some cases there shouldn’t be an age limit.

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