One of the country’s traditional leaders has hailed the move to reform Malawi’s abortion laws saying the country is losing a lot of women due to unsafe abortions.
At the moment the country’s laws do not allow women to have safe abortions in public hospitals which forces the women to seek unsafe ways of terminating pregnancies.
There have been mixed reactions on the adoption of a new law to allow women access safe abortion services in public hospitals with the church saying life begins at conception.
But Senior Chief Lukwa of Kasungu has backed the move saying as a chief he lives with people and he observes how women are dying because of unsafe abortions.
“I would like to thank the Malawi government for its move to look into checking the old law enacted in 1861,” said Chief Lukwa.
He added that the old laws which were instituted by the British gives no woman a chance to access safe abortion.
Statistics show that about 70,000 women terminate pregnancies every year while deaths due to unsafe abortions accounts for 17 percent of the country’s maternal mortality rate which is at 675 deaths per 100,000 pregnancies.
Women who survives unsafe abortions go to public hospitals for treatment hence government loses a lot of money every year due to the high number of people needing such treatments.