Decriminalize abortion, say women’s rights activists – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper


Women’s rights activists have stressed the need to decriminalize abortion.

Addressing an interaction organized by the Forum for Women, Law and Development for journalists here today, FWLD Executive Director Sabin Shrestha said there was a tendency in the media to portray abortion as a bad thing that negatively affects women’s right to reproductive health.

Shrestha said media professionals should choose words and titles in a way that does not stigmatize abortion.

He said society should understand that women’s lives and health are more important than the rights of the fetus.

The head of the Family Welfare Division, Department of Health Services, Bibek Kumar Lal, said the Ministry of Health and Population was working to amend the reproductive health laws to adapt them to the international standards and remove discrepancies from related laws.

Department of Health Services Public Health Officer Nisha Joshi said the decriminalization of abortion was necessary to fully guarantee women’s reproductive health rights.

Stating that unsafe abortion was one of the leading causes of maternal death, Joshi said women’s access to safe abortion and reproductive health services should be increased.

A version of this article appears in the March 10, 2022 printing of The Himalayan Times