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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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0 #7 Tchale Nyakwawa L. 2012-03-27 20:18
Idea welcomed but it should not be a propaganda. Mind you people, arbotion is just like euthanasia. Good idea men. Convince the Parliamentarian s so that wimens are liberated from the bondage of anger that comes after being pregnant just because a certain lumatic man raped her!!!!!!
0 #6 Sanasana 2012-03-22 12:14
idea welcomed
0 #5 EK 2012-03-21 17:46
Abortion is willfully killing the innocent. Legalising abortion is saying killing shall no longer be an offence. When the Law making house becomes filled with murders they will truly accept to legalise abortion. This is contrary to the constitutionall y enshrined human right to life which no person can arbitrarily take away
+1 #4 Nyamanda 2012-03-19 15:34
Where are the pastors when this is quietly happening like this? We will wake up and this will be law in our country! This is murder
+1 #3 John Gray Kufa 2012-03-19 15:28
The sentence should be phrased this way: complications arisng from unsafe abortions caused by unsafe sex emanating from poor self control. In the 70s and 80s kunalibe njira zakulera koma anthu amadzisunga. Because people are having wanton sexual relations, we want to give them the option of deleting their mistakes. Bible says 'you knew me before i was formed in my mother's womb', an unborn child is a human being. Pro choicers say that most of the women who have abortions are raped, what nonsense. I am not denying that rape victims get pregnant but it's actually girls who have sex too early, women who cheat on their husbands and want to hide it or feel good young women who go for abortion. There is the option of having safe sex, taking the morning after pill (available cheaply in most pharmacies) but legalising abortion is legalising murder. Organisations like BLM who masquarade as those coming to help yet their international adverts say the person who wants to work with them in Malawi must be pro choice (none of their local adverts say that) should be exposed for who they are. Government is hypocritical in that they do not confront such organisations, instead they pretend that abortion is not happening in Malawi
+2 #2 Innocent Bikosi 2012-02-23 19:41
The laws need to be restricted indeed because we really know dat abortion is killing and also its a sin to God so if we leave them do what they want it means we are assisting them to abort so we need to value life in such a way
0 #1 Grace Muyaya 2012-02-23 14:26
There is no need for abortion. At the first place why get pregnant if you are not ready.

We have birth controls already to prevent the unwanted pregnancies. 80% of the unwanted pregnancies are from prostitutes.
Who gave you the right to kill. Be careful. God is watching you.

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