Women’s Caucus back reform of abortion laws in Malawi

Members of Parliament from women caucus and chairpersons from various committees have spoken in support of reform of abortion laws and policies in a bid to expand access to safe abortion and increase awareness among stakeholders and within Malawian society.

The MPs made the demand during a dialogue meeting on Women’s Rights, Unsafe Abortion and Law Reform in Malawi.

They noted that the current restrictive legal and regulatory framework is driving women to undertake unsafe abortions that are often fatal.

Kabwila: Towards safe abortion

Kabwila: Towards safe abortion

It is contributing to the infringement of women’s right to life as well as their dignity and bodily autonomy.

Contributing to the discussions after presentations by Medical and legal experts, MPs felt they need to look at the Bill and appreciate how the law will help poor women who are dying during illegal abortions.

MP from Mzimba North Olipa Muyaba asked government to provide the MPs with the draft bill of abortion law.

Currently, abortion is legally restricted in Malawi with the Penal Code penalizing it with a minimum of 14 years in prison and experts have since called for a review of such laws.

MP for Salima North West, Dr Jessie Kabwira, who is also chairperson of parliamentary women caucus said it is unfortunate that Malawi is failing to accept the reality that “Women who happens to be our voters are dying from unsafe abortion, there is need to do something in order to save lives of our voters within our various constituencies.”

Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mcheka Chilenje Nkhoma said it is unfortunate that Malawi continues losing women due to unsafe abortion.

Nkhoma who was the guest of honour during the caucus said the problem is how to convince the people in the village so that they can appreciate that the problem is real.

According to Gender and Human Rights Activist, Emma Kaliya most of the women involved in unsafe abortion are from poor families that cannot afford proper health care.

Kaliya supported by Women Lawyers Association Executive Secretary, Natasha Namisengo called for revision of the laws that criminalise abortion.

According to statistics, about 30,000 women are treated for complications of unsafe abortion annually.

Activists argue that a more liberal abortion law will reduce the costs to the health-care system by 25 percent to 30 percent.

 

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24 thoughts on “Women’s Caucus back reform of abortion laws in Malawi”

  1. Gil says:

    As a young Malawian woman, I believe that before we jump the gun to changing abortion laws, I think that we need to teach young people on how to use to condoms and make birth control available to everyone!

    After you have done this first step, then you can convince me that we need to talk about abortion. I mean I finished high school without having any clue about safe sex!

  2. agalu inu says:

    ana mutaphewo adzakhala mboni zokutsutsani kumwamba

  3. apao says:

    kungoti kupha si chimo kumalawi many cases yakupha. Sidziwika m’mene inathela. Tiyeni tidzipha they got right to do it. We got right to protect pokupha also. Plain and clear

  4. mlomwe 2 says:

    KILLING INNOCENT BABIES IN THE NAME OF HUMAN RIGHTS/SAFE MOTHERHOOD ZOONA????????????????? YOU THINK THE BABY WHO IS IN THE WOMB HAS NO RIGHT TO LIVE???? INU AMENE MUKUFUNA KUTI ABORTION SHOULD BE LEGALIZED ASK YOURSELF DEEP DOWN FROM YOUR HEART “IF MY MOTHER HAD THIS DEVILISH ACT(ABORTING ME) WOULD I STILL LIVE TODAY?? THE BEST WAY IS TO USE CONTRACEPTIVE METHODS OF FAMILY PLANNING OTHERWISE IF ABORTION IS LEGALIZED, MOTHERS WILL STOP TAKING CONTRACEPTIVE METHODS BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALREADY NEGATIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS IT.

  5. Manzy j says:

    Mukavomereza kupha ana kwanuko mulembenso anthu ambiri ogwira ntchito m’chipatala chifukwa number ya amayi ndi atsikana opha ana idzakwera komanso osaiwala kuti tchimo lochotsa mimba lidzakhuza wina aliyense watengapo gawo kuti mimbayo ichoke. Ndikunenetsa aliyense akuti kuchotsa mimba sitchimo koma ndiufulu adzamuweruze mdi mwiniwake Mulungu

  6. chicks Matola says:

    Akulu akulu kodi ndalama zimakongoletsa eti? Mwamuona Jesseyo. Wayamba kumva bwinotu. Komaso she is palatable!

  7. GOODCITIZEN says:

    MAYI KABWILA KEEP IT UP

  8. Mwachipk says:

    Abortion is a sin against God. Every child has a right to live. Why are you women promoting this?? You should know that the blood of those innocent kids will cry to God and you will be answerable..Abortion will still remain a sin whether you do it unproper or safe or in hospital or where ever because you are sheding blood of innocent soul.

  9. tsk tsk tsk says:

    mayi Kabwila looks positively delicious!

  10. DANIEL PHIRI says:

    GOOD TO GO MAYI, WE NEED TO USE THE BEST METHODS TO PROTECT OUR WOMEN. ABORTION IS NOT A CRIME IF WE TAKE IT IN A BIOLOGICAL CONTEXT.

  11. Kachilombo ka ku Dowa says:

    Iwe #1 ukuona ngati kuti Dr Jesse Kabwilawo akunama kuti azimyi amene anawavotera kuti akhale ma MP akufa chifukwa chochotsa mimba mosayenera. Kodi anthu inu mumagodana ndi munthu basi osaona mfundo zomwe akupereka kutindi zabwino kapena ayi.nkhaniyi ndiyabwino kuti ma Mp aonepo bwino mwina mkutheka kuti ndi mlongo wako kapena Aunt ako anamwalirapo chifukwa cho chotsa mimba mosayenera, tsono kuti izi zichepe pafunika kuchitapo kanthu pokambirana mfundo zabwino.

    1. yusuf says:

      Ngati brother wanga anafa atagwidwa akuchita robbery ndikuotchedwa, does it mean I should become an activist fighting for the legalisation of robbery? Atsikana opanda khalidwe akusukulu mahule omangogonedwa chisawawa ndi azimayi mahule amuna awo ali kunja kumaphunziro kapena ku ntchito ndi amene akulilira legalisation of abortion. Komanso madokotala ma OBGYN akufuna apange ndalama chifukwatu mu abortion muli makwacha ngati zimudziwa

      1. colinmbawa says:

        it is always these selfish activists who are plunging our God fearing nation into self destruction. Abortion is wrong and evil. those who seek to promote it must be warned of God’s wrath any time. Mulungu tisamasewele naye by promoting behaviours that are demonicunder the guise of the so called human right. I am surprised though that those who are for it are mothers. it is a shame our mothers are advocating to be mothers of the dead instead of the living. would you not find better ways of achieving the same?

  12. ADE says:

    WHAT ABOUT HOMOSEXUALS/LESBIANS? ARE THEY NOT YOUR VOTERS AS WELL?

  13. chekambewa says:

    Useless legislators you think God will be happy with that the kid you eliminate has the right to life and the best is to avoid taking unnecessary pregnants through abstanaince or use of proper controls as recommended by the healthy personel but with what you are doing God will deal with you all especially jessey and Lunguzi.

  14. Nyapaphi says:

    No wonder tchimo linabwera chifukwa cha mzimayi. Choncho kuchotsa mimba sakuonanso kuti ndi tchimo ayi. Koma ufulu wawo ndiye wopambana. Are u there to promote chiwerewe

  15. MALAWIAN says:

    Am a woman but I cant support this. Those children that you want to kill them now they are voters of tomorrow. You want to convince people in the villages to accept this. Why cant you go to the villages if these are only people refusing and educate them how to avoid getting unwanted pregnancies. This is the work of the devil, and we are busy advancing his agenda. Please, lets open up and help the women know what to do to get the pregnancy only when they are ready.

  16. chilungamo says:

    Abortion is murder,pure and simple.The advocates of this satanic practice dont take into account the rights of the unborn child,who is murdered using chemicals or sugical tools.Do you think if the child was given a chance to live or die this horrifying death it would choose death?The decission is made by the murderer,the unborn child is not given a chance to defend itself.The problem of unsafe abortion is a moral issue.We permit our young daughters to dress like kamba/bwandilo whores and expect men not to solicit sex from them,after they are pregnant you advocate abortion as a solution.Most causes of abortion are poor parental guidance.Offcource there are cases of rape where the woman is forced sexually,but still thats no reason to murder an innocent soul which had no part in the circumstances leading to its conception.Its quite ironic that the advocates of this luciferian practice are our so called leaders,but then again,thats how satanism operates,by coopting our percieved leaders into its ranks rendering the masses leaderless.A simple study of western society will show you that this practice has destroyed their culture irretrievably,is that what we want here?

  17. Barton Chikaya says:

    Inutu mulikulankhula chonchi chifukwa makolo anu sanakupangani abort. Tsono mulikupangana kupha ena amene sanachimwa kena kalikonse koma chifukwa kuti simufuna kuti abadwe basi. Eya, moyo wanu ndiwofunika koma wa ena ayi.Komatu dziwani kuti Mulungu alikukuwonani.

  18. Mzuma says:

    U r simply dealing with effects than causes. U MPs, be mindful that u r just scratching the ice berg. Pliz let ur meditated reason be seen in the August House. Do not let the big fish shut up ur rationality. See beyond the physical. Apply Metaphysics in ur deliberations. Don’t shame us pliz.

  19. aMuhamun'na o'Kambona says:

    For the first time, I agree with Kabwila-Kapasula: that Malawi women have to be freed from the shackles of illegal abortions. A woman’s wish should be the overriding factor, but not the only factor, in procurement abortion services.
    Illegal abortions are killing poor women who cannot afford a good doctor. But how will legalization improve the situation unless the services are subsidized? Go and try convincing people in the rural areas especially; and you have almost an impossible task ahead. People will invoke the bible or the Quran, when in actual fact they really don’t know the holy books that well; and they are actually stuck in the argument.
    Give women the choice … to safe abortion services!

  20. GOODCITIZEN says:

    kambwira yesesani ku teteza amayi osaya nthawi pokanganakangana mu mnyumba yamalamulo

  21. jones says:

    “women who happen to be our voters are dying…..” Surely, mayo kabwila, is this the best reason an intellectual like you can give? Ndale zakumaliza basi.

    1. Makito says:

      You are spot on Jones. I wondered the same!

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