Rewriting Malawi’s Abortion Law

Hundreds of women in Malawi die each year due to the government’s strict anti-abortion law. The country has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, but a new bill set for parliamentary debate is looking to upend the 157-year-old law, which permits abortion only if a woman’s life is at risk—under any other circumstances, women face up to 14 years in prison.

Unsafe abortions account for 6-18% of all maternal deaths in Malawi. The "Termination of Pregnancy" bill would allow abortion in cases including rape, incest, and pregnancies threatening the woman’s mental and physical health.


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