Doctors and pressure groups working in women’s reproductive health in Indonesia have been pushing to decriminalise and change the law that penalises trained doctors from performing abortions. Currently a doctor can face up to 15 years in prison for performing an abortion and the woman wanting a termination up to 4 years.
After two years of discussions, their parliament recently agreed to review this law, looking at regulating the growing number of unsafe abortions that have become a highly profitable underground industry. More than 7000 women die and thousands more are maimed in poorly equipped clinics each year.
Maria Bakkalapulo went to the Indonesian capital Jakarta to investigate.
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