Country Of The Month

Country Of the Month: Malaysia

malaysia mapBefore we go to Malaysia for Women Deliver, we would like to highlight a few of our past blogs about the country.

Barriers to Safe Abortion in Malaysia:

In Malaysia, abortion laws are fairly liberal. Women can get safe and legal abortions if the procedure will save their lives, or if the pregnancy is a threat to the physical or mental health of the woman. Yet, the access to affordable, safe abortions remains a huge issue in Malaysia, even for those women who satisfy the legal criteria for abortions. The culprit: abortion stigma. This interview with Dr. Choong, ASAP Steering committee chair elaborates these barriers.

Recognizing the Need to Promote the Reproductive Rights Of Teens:

On September 22, 2012 The Star, a leading English Language Newspaper in Malaysia published an article highlighting the high incidence of teen pregnancies in Malaysia, and the burden it poses to the health of the young girl. However the article, One Teen Birth Every Day, did not address the options a pregnant teen has. Dr. SP Choong, ASAP Steering Committee Chair, and Co-Chair of the Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance of Malaysia wrote a letter to the editor, which was published today in The Star.

Sharing and Learning Among ASAP’s Members:

The Asia Safe Abortion Partnership has members and partners in 15 countries in the Asia Pacific region, and in the Middle East. Abortion laws, attitudes to abortion, access to safe abortion services, and outreach programmes  are different in each of these countries, and so all our partners always have plenty to learn and share from each other.

Last year, Inna Hudaya, the director of ASAP’s partner organization Samsara visited Malaysia, where she went to abortion facilities run by ASAP’s partner organization, Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance of Malaysia (RRAAM). This is a blog about the visit and the insights RRAAM gained from this visit.


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