Abortion in Fiji

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Abortion in Fiji is legal if the abortion will save the woman's life or if the pregnancy gravely endangers the woman's physical or mental health. However, generally the law does not allow voluntary abortion as it is against religious beliefs since Fiji is a stronghold of Christianity with other religious belief that prohibit abortion. Abortion in Fiji is a taboo however, according to statistics, teenage pregnancy has become a prevalent issue needed to be addressed and young mothers end up in abortions.[1] In 2010, abortions to end pregnancies that are a result of rape or incest became legally available to women.[2] In Fiji, any approved abortion requires authorisation from a physician.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Abortion Policies: Oman to Zimbabwe. United Nations Publications. 2001.
  2. ^ "When abortion is legal". The Fiji Times Online. Fiji Times. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2014.