An early-stage legalized abortion bill, sponsored by the Thai Cabinet, passed its first reading yesterday, December 23rd, during a parliament session.
The bill allows women who are at up to 12 weeks of pregnancy to have legal abortions performed by specialized doctors without necessarily notifying any specific reasons.
In other words, they would not need any proof that they have been raped or that the pregnancy threatens their life, or that the unborn baby would be born disabled as long as they are at 12-week pregnancy or less.
Those who are more than 12 weeks pregnant are not allowed to have an abortion and considered illegal, facing 6-month imprisonment, 10,000 baht fine, or both.
Currently, Thailand’s Criminal Code forbids pregnant women to self-perform an abortion or allow someone else to perform it. If so, they would face three years in jail, a fine of up to 60,000 baht or both
The legal abortion bill yesterday received 284 votes and will be put to a scrutiny committee in parliament. It is planned by the parliament to be implemented nationwide by February 19th, 2021.
Additionally, the parliament debate also suggested dropping the phrase “pregnant women” in favor of “pregnant individuals” in the new draft as some female-to-male transgender people remain able to conceive a child.
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