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  Abortion in Indonesia 20 Sep 2005  
Law under parliamentary review

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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