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* Sri Lankan academic proposes permitting abortions under strict conditions
Sat, Jan 4, 2014, 09:25 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 04, Colombo: A university academic in Sri Lanka has proposed that abortions be permitted in the country subjected to strict conditions.

Chief Judicial Medical Officer of the Ruhuna University, Dr. U.C. P. Perera told media in reference to abortions and sexual abuse of women that abortions should be legalized subjected to strict conditions.

He however, stressed that all abortions cannot be legalized.

He explained that women who have been subjected to sexual assaults and rape and conceive as a result should be allowed to have an abortion.

Abortion is illegal in Sri Lanka and only allowed when the pregnancy or child birth is life threatening to the mother. However illegal abortions are performed in large numbers by untrained people under unhygienic conditions.

"There will not be any complications if the abortion is done within the first three months of conception," Dr. Perera said.

However, he emphasized that it should not be used as a carte blanche to carry out abortions.

"There are currently many centers that conduct illegal abortions. Many young girls have been victims of undue pregnancies because of what they see in the internet," he added.

Although no official figures are available it is estimated that around 1,000 cases of illegal abortions are taking place in a day in Sri Lanka.

The doctor has pointed out that the authorities need to provide a proper sex education to students as it would somewhat help address the situation.

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