COPUA insists on reforms to abortion laws: Engages Malawi media

The Coalition on Prevention of Unsafe Abortions (Copua) has engaged Malawi media house editors to persuade government through the media to speed up the reform process of abortion laws and reduce deaths of Malawian women.

Sibande with Malawi journalists discussing abortion law
Sibande with Malawi journalists discussing abortion law

Copua coordinator Chrispin Sibande told the editors that law reform was one way of addressing deaths of pregnant women through unsafe abortion methods such as using wires, bicycle spokes, washing powder and herbs

Speaking during the meeting which took place in the resort district of Mangochi, COPUA chairperson Godfrey Kangaude said Malawi needs a law reform on abortion to address critical issues surrounding the matter.

In his presentation, Kangaude disclosed that government is losing close to K300 million per annum in nursing post abortion care.

Coordinator of post abortion care in the Ministry of Health Laston Chikoti conceded that he has evidence that indeed abortion happen in some public hospitals.

“Government is losing millions of money in treating the post abortion care,” said Chikoti.

Calls for a review of abortion laws started in 2000, but it was only in 2013 that the Malawi Law Commission set up a Special Commission to review all abortion related laws.

Copua argues that laws criminalising abortions were a violation of fundamental human rights such as the right to dignity, right to non-discrimination, right to health and right to life.

Some of the media houses which were invited during the meeting include; Nyasa Times, Times Group, Zodiak Broadcasting Station, Joy Radio, MBC TV and Radio, Malawi News Agency, Luntha  TV,

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Ndikapsyere Zina
Ndikapsyere Zina
7 years ago

Musiyeni Mulungu akhale Mulungu. The best way to go is to address other factors like Poverty, or immoral behaviours that prompt women to go for abortion other t6han legalizing abortion which will be contrary to Gods commandment.

The fear of the Lord is the begining of wisdom

maximo
maximo
7 years ago

When a woman has made a decision to abort there is no reverse,let’s be realistic women are dying yet we have the solution at hand, the major problem why women die is they fear the law but how many women have been arrested because of abortion?? They use sharp objects,poisonous substances.if you refer to case studies countries where the law allows the death rate is low compared to those countries where there is restrictions.eg south africa,zambia. But the thing is we need to put some restrictions in the law.its the same as if govt legalise chamba don’t think everybody will… Read more »

Damn
Damn
7 years ago

Which better to encourage women and girls to avoid abortion or telling them that arbotion is allowed? Arbotion is killing if you legalise it, you have legalised killing. Money is forcing COPUA to speak what is not Malawian. Poor idiots.

M malawi
7 years ago

Thou shall not kill. If malawi will accept this so called reform of abortion law then you have accepted to kill and shall be held responsible. For own information akuti gvt is loosing about k300 millions of kwachas in caring for abortion cases. Just know that when you legalise it will be more that. You will remember my words

Mr Chilungamo
7 years ago

With the debate on the ground let me join my fellow citizens in calling for the law.Where is this law?

Dr Ngalawa
7 years ago

Mwanena zoona mai tikufuna kodi lamulo limeneli lilikuti?

Kenaka muzamva kuti lasowatu.

Mrs Banda
7 years ago

Let me start by commending COPU by engaging the editors to role out abortion debate.

Secondly, may I know where is the Law on abortion. I am told others are saying it here today tomorrow they say it is there.

Can Government address this thing please.

It looks we are living in denial.

Our women and girls are dying to unsafe abortion.

Once again my question is where is abortion law?

Balaka
Balaka
7 years ago

Abortion is evil against God

Makwale
Makwale
7 years ago

Copua should be banned. All they are calling for is in bad faith and daylight Satanism. Spend that money in teaching and sensitising people on the divinity of life, whether born or not yet. PERIOD.

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