Sunday, April 5, 2009
The East Timor government has upheld unborn children's right to life by dropping an article from the draft penal code that would have decriminalised abortion for victims of sexual violence or incest.
Initially the draft penal code decriminalised abortion for women if the pregnancy would put their mental or physical health at risk, or if they were victims of sexual violence or incest. Thanks to the hard work and dedication from pro life groups, unborn children are now safe from death through abortion.
Meanwhile "Midwives East Timor Australia" continues to support non-government organisations to help reduce the maternal and neonatal mortality rate in East Timor. It is claimed that only 10% of pregnant women in East Timor give birth with the assistance of a qualified midwife. There is hardly enough health care workers to help with births let alone directing these resources into abortion.
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Dr Suzanne Belton of Charles Darwin University claims that 40% of all obstetric care in East Timor was treating complications from pregnancy loss