Traditional Chiefs Back Calls to Legalise Abortion in Malawi

Some traditional chiefs in Malawi are now backing an amendment of the abortion law to allow for the termination of unwanted pregnancies under certain conditions and are persuading members of Parliament to pass the Bill when it is tabled for debate. In Malawi, one of the leading causes of maternal mortality is unsafe abortion. Over 141,000 women induce abortion every year, according to research conducted by the College of Medicine and Guttmacher Institute.

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