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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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    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 11:33 am

    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.

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      Mark

      Friday, November 20, 2020 at 11:56 am

      did you hear about condoms??? Making a kid and then killing it is stupid and immoral

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Long overdue – the backstreet abortion butchers that have been thriving illegally need to be well and truly put out of business.

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      Preesy Chepuce

      Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:03 pm

      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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    RA

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Finally some good news. Now I just wish the Philippines would get on board with this.

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American man arrested in Chiang Mai for allegedly killing pregnant Thai wife

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An American man has been arrested for allegedly murdering his pregnant, Thai wife and hiding her body in a rubbish bin. Police say 32 year old Jason Matthew Balzer then dumped his deceased wife’s body in a field in northern Thailand. 32 year old Pitchaporn Kidchob’s mother became concerned for her daughter’s welfare after seeing Balzer flee their home on a motorbike. She then went inside the home to check on her daughter and found multiple bloodstains throughout the house.

After her mother notified police, they checked CCTV cameras and saw Balzer fleeing the area. They gathered a team of officers and sniffer dogs to go out looking for Pitchaporn’s body in a field about 15 kilometres from their house. There, they found her body stuffed inside a garbage bag. A report by Siam Rath says police arrested Balzer yesterday afternoon in the Hang Dong district of Chiang Mai, who then confessed to killing his wife and dumping her body.

Balzer moved to Thailand in 2019 after being previously charged in the state of Colorado in America for attempted murder at the age of 30. A report from TimesCall.com included details from the incident:

“The woman said she was sleeping in her bedroom when Balzer came in and wanted to have sex. The woman said she was tired, and Balzer became angry and took her phone.

She said Balzer then grabbed her arms and squeezed then and then hit her in the face and slammed her head into the bed’s headboard five times, according to the affidavit.

She told police Balzer then grabbed a revolver out of a desk drawer in the room and pointed it at her head saying, “I will kill you.” The woman was able to push the gun to the side, at which point it went off next to her head. She was able to get the gun away from Balzer and threw it under the bed.

The woman said that while Balzer tried to begin covering up the bullet hole in the wall, she fled to a neighbor’s house.

When police responded to the apartment, they found a fresh drywall patch in the ceiling and bullet damage to the kitchen floor, kitchen ceiling, bedroom floor and mattress. An officer also found the revolver under the bed.”

Balzer was arrested on suspicion of attempted, second-degree murder, felony menacing, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, criminal mischief, obstruction of telephone use, tampering with physical evidence, criminal tampering, domestic violence, and aiming a firearm at a person.

It is not known what type of visa Balzer obtained to enter Thailand. Police say he is in custody and is waiting to be transferred back to Nan province after fleeing to Chiang Mai.

SOURCE: Thai Visa

 

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12 gamblers arrested in raid on restaurant in central Thailand

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Police have arrested 12 people found eating, drinking, and gambling in a restaurant in the central province of Pathum Thani. Under disease prevention measures, there is currently a ban on in-restaurant dining in a number of provinces in Thailand.

According to the Bangkok Post, the authorities raided the restaurant in the Lam Luk Ka district of Pathum Thani late last night. Officers from Pathum Thani police arrived at the Oud Lam Luk Ka restaurant around 11.30pm. 12 patrons were taken into custody and 15 sets of dice, gambling paraphernalia, and 3,500 baht in cash were confiscated from the table they were sitting at. Officers also found bills for food and drinks.

The owner of the restaurant, named by the Bangkok Post as Therdphan Konnard, was among those arrested, as was a 30 year old woman named as Atchra Sorin, allegedly behind the gambling operation. All 12 arrested have been taken to Lam Luk Ka station for processing.

According to the chief of Pathum Thani police, Chayut Marayat, officers were acting on a tip-off that the restaurant owner was allowing his premises to be used for gambling, as well as allowing customers to eat and drink on-site, in violation of current Covid-19 restrictions.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Chon Buri woman in custody for allegedly stabbing husband to death

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A woman in Chon Buri’s Banglamuang district is facing charges for allegedly stabbing her husband to death with a butcher knife. The woman was injured during the alleged attack and is being treated at a local hospital.

District police officers were called to the scene just after midnight to the couple’s home. They found 23 year old Burin “Geng” Bamrungphon body in the bathroom. The room was covered in blood. Geng’s body had slash and stab wounds on the face, neck, and chest. Reports say that 24 year old Aranya “Bow” Sermsap admitted to her father that she had killed her husband.

Geng and Bow had been together for 3 years. They have a 1 year old son and a 3 month old daughter. The children are now with relatives. It’s unclear if the children were home during the incident.

Police speculate that Bow may have been jealous and she may have thought Geng was having an affair. Police say they are still investigating.

Bow is now being treated at a hospital, but is in custody and being monitored by police. Bow is not allowed to speak to the media.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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