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Kazakhstan PM opposes abortion ban

29 july 2013, 18:28
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Kazakhstan Prime-Minister Serik Akhmetov has replied to the request of the Majilis Deputy Zhumatai Aliyev who suggested to ban abortions as they threaten women’s life and health, Tengrinews.kz reports.

Deputy Aliyev suggested to perform abortions only in special medical facilities and only based on statement of the medical consultation commission.

The Prime-Minister replied that according to clause 1 Article 18 of the Constitution of Kazakhstan, every person has a right to privacy, personal and family secrets, and protection of honor and dignity.

He referred to Article 104 clause 1 and Article 97 clause 3 of the Code on People’s Health and Healthcare System, saying that a woman has a right to induced termination of pregnancy. In the period of pregnancy, her examination, treatment and medical intervention may be performed only with the woman’s or her legal representative’s consent.

“Banning of abortions would contradict the said regulations of the Constitution,” the Prime-Minister writes.

Akhmetov also gave statistics to support his reply: 95,654 abortions were made in 2012 compared to 133,907 in 2007. The number of abortions went down 1.4-fold over the 4 years.

Over 350 family-planning facilities have been opened in Kazakhstan for protection of reproductive health and to reduce the number of abortions and maternal mortality rate.


By Renat Tashkinbayev

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