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Malawi Seeks to Liberalize Abortion, Sparking Debate

The Malawi Law Commission is considering a new bill liberalizing abortion. Government statistics indicate that 70,000 women in Malawi have mostly illegal abortions each year and 17% of them die in the procedure. The move is garnering mixed reaction from Malawians. Abortion is currently illegal in Malawi. It is punishable by a maximum of 14 years in jail except in cases where pregnancy threatens life of a woman. Despite this, women still seek illegal abortion services. Malawi spends...

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