Restrictions and Stigma in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has some of the most restrictive abortion laws anywhere, permitting the procedure only if the mother’s life is in danger.

But hundreds of women still undergo the procedure every day.
 
The outsize influence of the Catholic church is one reason for the stigma around abortion. Catholics make up just 6% of the country’s population, but maintain a large footprint on Sri Lanka’s medical establishment.

Abortion aside, Sri Lanka is viewed as a maternal health success story. With strong family planning and sexual health services, it has maternal mortality rates well below neighbors like Bangladesh.
 
The Telegraph

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