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Reform Sri Lanka’s Draconian Abortion Law

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Progressive Women's Collective during a protest march for International Women's Day in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 8, 2021. © 2021 Akila Jayawardana/NurPhoto via AP Sri Lanka has among the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, so Justice Minister Ali Sabry’s recent call for parliament to consider legalizing abortion in cases of rape is a significant development. The government should move promptly to reform the law and go further to uphold women’s equal rights by allowing all woman access to abortion. Under a Sri Lankan law that dates from 1883, anyone deliberately…

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