Jurin agrees with PM’s decision not to change abortion law

(NNT) – Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit agreed with the Prime Minister’s decision not to repeal the abortion law, citing the problem must be solved at the root cause, teaching proper sex education to minors.

Mr Jurin said that there was no need to change the abortion law, explaining that the law had already allowed abortion in two circumstances: when the mother’s health was in danger or when she had been the victim of rape.

According to the Medical Council of Thailand, abortion could only be conducted (1) with the consent of the woman, (2) by certified medical professional, (3) in hospitals or clinics, and (4) with the doctor who performed the abortion informing the Council of the operation. The Minister explained that the law was already suitable and reasonable for the circumstance.

He further stated that the Council has modified the abortion law by allowing abortion in cases that the baby could be critically handicapped or there was a high risk of genetic disease.

Mr Jurin has urged all provincial public health officials and related authorities to monitor illegal abortion activities. He suggested that best way out was to give proper sex education to students and promote family planning.


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