Abortion ... elimination of unsafe abortion and ensure effective use of contraceptive to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
Taking into consideration that 38 out of every 1,000 women aged between 15 and 49 years old go for abortion in Malaysia and the rate of illegal abortions is 0.1% or 500 per 500,000 live births yearly, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, the wife of the previous Prime Minister, in opening the Safe Motherhood Conference: Saving Mother's Lives - The Health Impact of Unsafe Abortion, said "The best way to prevent unsafe abortions is to prevent unintended or unwanted pregnancies. We have to address family planning, provide education on dangers of unsafe abortions and post-abortion counselling" (source: The Star, 10 October 2003).
Through the provision of contraceptive services, unintended pregnancies and induced abortion can be significantly reduced. Unsafe abortions are also preventable through improvement in accessibility of sexual and reproductive health information and services (including family planning).
However, in cases where the continuance of a pregnancy involves risk to the life of the pregnant woman, or injury to the mental or physical health of the pregnant woman is greater than if the pregnancy is terminated, then a woman should have the right to informed choice and access to safe abortion. In these instances, information on safe abortion together with pre- and post-abortion counselling should be made available.
A universal recognition of a woman's right to have access to safe abortion, and a reduction in the incidence of unsafe abortion.
Provide safe, sensitive, non-judgmental and affordable abortion-related services, with special attention to young women and under-served and marginalized groups. Services provided including pre- and post-abortion counseling, information on safe abortion, referrals for post-abortion care and treatment and most importantly, contraceptive services to prevent future unplanned pregnancies.
(The above services are provided through the State MA clinics. Please refer to State MAs for a complete list of clinic locations and services provided.)