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Centre Pushes Legalisation

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) believes abortion should be a right. However, FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said while the organisation does not encourage abortion, it believes that if legalised
23 Apr 2015 08:41
Centre Pushes Legalisation

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) believes abortion should be a right.

However, FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said while the organisation does not encourage abortion, it believes that if legalised then it will stop woman from seeking backdoor abortion which is likely to kill.

“For us we believe that abortion is a right that only a woman can decide for herself,” Ms Ali said at a regional training workshop at the Southern Cross Hotel in Suva.

“No one else will decide in keeping her health and other things in check and we believe that abortion should be decriminalised so that there can be pre-abortion counselling, post abortion care and everything so that their lives are not in danger,” she said.

Abortion at the moment is deemed a criminal offence.  Ms Ali said a lot of women faced hardships and continued to opt for backdoor abortions from doctors, who charged large sums of money and in turn lose their life in the process.

“We want abortion to be legalised so that women can have a proper health check-up after abortion and keep safe from any side effects that can later harm them,” she said.

Another contentious area Ms Ali pointed was when a woman became pregnant after being raped or as a victim of incest and the decision to abort the child lay with doctors.

Meanwhile, the Methodist Chu-rch in Fiji and Rotuma has expressed its vehement opposition to the legalising of abortion. Church President Reverend Tevita Banivanua said he saw abortion as a choice made by a mother, but not a right.

“Maybe a time will come when abortion will be legalised, but as for now the Church does not agree with abortion being a right,” Reverend Banivanua said.

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