Abortion in Bhutan

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Abortion in Bhutan is only legal when the abortion is a result of rape, incest, to preserve the woman's mental health, or to save her life.[1] Despite this however, the United Nations report on abortion notes that the exact status of the country's abortion law is under. "Because the state religion of Bhutan is Buddhism, which disapproves of abortion, it is probable that the procedure is allowed only to save the life of the pregnant woman."[2]


Since abortions are difficult for women to obtain in Bhutan, they often cross the border into India, where they get abortions in unsafe conditions.[1] The danger and resulting fatalities has led many people to push for the legalization and decriminalization of abortion for Bhutanese women.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Bhutan". Women on Waves. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Bhutan". United Nations Abortion Policies.
  3. ^ Pelden, Sonam (29 July 2011). "Should abortion be legalized?". Bhutan Observer. Archived from the original on 6 December 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014.