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Where are We Now in the Abortion Debate: The Sri Lankan Spectrum (Part III) [for bakamoono.lk]

(Note: A big part of the conversation on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sri Lanka (and indeed globally) is the one on the legalization of and safe access to abortion - also sometimes known as the pro-life vs pro-choice debate. This 3-part series on the topic was written exclusively for bakamoono.lk and was first published on the site. It attempts to plot where this conversation has gone, where it is right now, and where it needs to go in a Sri Lankan context. 

Read Part I here and Part II here 

For information on abortion, what it entails and other facts please see here)





Global Legal Frameworks and Realities
As mentioned before Sri Lanka is among the countries with the most restrictive abortion laws globally. The below images give a snapshot as to the current law in regional countries and some countries who's majority population identifies as Roman Catholic.


Images Courtesy Ermiza Tegal
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