Is abortion legal in Malaysia?
Just like other Southeast Asian countries, abortion in Malaysia is restricted. However, since 1989, abortion may be performed through an exemption that was granted by a law and will only be allowed provided that the following circumstances are met:
- There is a risk to the physical health of the woman.
- There is a risk to the mental health of the woman.
In addition, a woman must obtain an authorization from a medical professional and must have consent to the abortion. Moreover, the abortion must take place within the legal period of 120 days.
What are the different abortion services available?
Abortion services in Malaysia are performed by the use of surgical (vacuum aspiration) and medical abortion (Mifepristone and Misoprostol) methods. The method that will be used varies depending on the length of the pregnancy.
- Medical abortion is primarily utilized for pregnancies below 9 weeks.
- Vacuum aspiration is utilized for pregnancies up to 12 weeks as a day care procedure.
- Abortion services are performed in hospitals for pregnancies later than 12 weeks.
The rate of effectiveness of the drugs when combined is at 95-97%. Both of the drugs are approved by FDA.
Who can perform abortions in Malaysia?
Qualified medical doctors may perform an abortion service.
Where can I go for abortion services?
Generally, both the private and public sector may provide abortion services. However, due to stigma, there is a difficulty in obtaining such services.
How much does an abortion service cost?
A pill of Misoprostol costs between 4-5 Malaysian ringgits per 200 mg. In order to induce the abortion, a woman will need about 12 pills, which will amount to 48-60 Malaysian ringgits or 12.32-15.39 US dollars. On the otherhand, vacuum aspiration costs around 800-4500 Malaysian ringgit or 205.26 to 1,154.59 US dollars.
Who can I contact for additional information and support?
- Federation of Reproductive Health Association of Malaysia
Telephone: 603 5633-7514; 603 5633-7516; 603 5633-7528
- Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia
Communicate with RRAAM using the “Ask us a question” form in their website.
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