Parliament Wants Abortion Law Reviewed
LILONGWE: There is need to review restrictions on the law on abortion to reduce numbers of women dying from unsafe abortion in Malawi, the Parliamentary Committee on Health has said.
Committee Chairperson Mr. Paul Chibingu said this on Wednesday when members of the committee met officials from Family Planning Association of Malawi FPAM to discuss the impact of rapid population growth.
Statistics indicate that a lot of women seek post-abortion services in health facilities, which Mr. Chibingu said is an indication of the need to review the law.
“It is necessary to review law on abortion because the time this law was adopted there were no cases of rape that happens when robbers broke into one’s house,” said Chibingu.
Mr. Chibingu said government should look into other options to control rapid population growth.
“If you look at developmental requests members of parliament make in parliament shows that population is growing rapidly. You will hear members of parliament asking government to construct more classrooms, hospitals and other projects, these show impact of population growth,” said Mr. Chibingu.
FPAM Chief Executive Office, Mr. Mathias Chatuluka said his organization convened the meeting with the parliamentary committee on health on the need to control population growth.
“If members of parliament understand the impact of population growth in relation to development they can support family planning methods,” said Chatuluka.
Currently, there are about 14 million people in Malawi and it is projected that it will reach 38 million in 2040 if women continue to have 6 children per family.
This is according to a January 2012 update on rapid population and development report released by Ministry of finance and development planning.
Such rapid population growth, according to the report, will require more resources allocated to all sectors in the country.
For instance, the number of children enrolled in primary education will increase to 8 million but if it is controlled it will reach to 5 million by 2040. - Zodiak Online
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