Is abortion legal in Myanmar?
Abortion in Myanmar is highly restricted and permitted only to save the life of the woman. Imprisonment of up to 3 years and/or a fine will be subjected against any individual who performs an abortion, including women who induce their own abortion and any doctor who performs an abortion risks losing his/her license. The laws that discuss abortion in Myanmar are articles 312-316 of the Myanmar Penal Code. The laws pertaining to abortion were established under the 1860 Burma Penal Code, and have remained unchanged.
Post Abortion Care (PAC) services are available at public facilities, however, many women either do not seek the services due to stigma and quality and safe access to PAC services remains a challenge.
What are the different Post Abortion Care services available?
- Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)
Who can perform Post Abortion Care services in Myanmar?
Aside from public health facilities, NGOs such as Marie Stopes International and IPAS are working with the government to improve PAC services. Marie Stopes International operates in 40 centers in Myanmar and has 50 outreach teams.
Where can I go for Post Abortion Care services?
While abortion is generally illegal, the Ministry of Health of Myanmar issued a Post Abortion Care Reference Manual in 2015 discussing the necessary steps in order to provide a quality post abortion care. Post abortion care services can be provided at primary and secondary health care centers and facilities.
How much does a Post Abortion Care service cost?
PAC services can cost anywhere between 70 – 300 US Dollars.
Who can I contact for additional information and support?
- Marie Stopes Myanmar
Tel: +95 01 544 423; +95 01 705 657
- Pathfinder International – Quality reproductive health services that women and families of Myanmar deserve.
- Mae Tao Clinic - The Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) is a health service provider and training centre, established to contribute and promote accessible quality health care among displaced Burmese and ethnic people along the Thai-Burma border.
- Gender Equality Network: a diverse and inclusive network of civil society organisations, national and international NGOs, and Technical Resource Persons working to bring about gender equality and fulfilment of women’s rights in Myanmar.
Tel: +95 9 42114 4394
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