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Country experiences on abortion: Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Japan. IPPF ESEAO Regional Programme Advisory Panel Meeting on Abortion, 30-31 October, 1993, Bali, Indonesia.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, IPPF, ESEAOR, 1993. , 107 p.This book contains country reports on the legal, medical, demographic, social, ethical, and cultural issues and concerns surrounding abortion in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, which were prepared for a 1993 meeting of the International Planned Parenthood Federation's East and Southeast Asia and Oceania Region (IPPF-ESEAOR) Programme Advisory Panel on Abortion. Each paper includes recommendations about what concerns can be addressed by IPPF-ESEAOR and local family planning associations (FPAs). After the country reports, the book presents a summary of the following issues and concerns raised in the region: 1) there is inadequate data on abortion in most countries, 2) adolescent pregnancies and abortions are increasing, 3) abortion rates among women over 40 are increasing, 4) sex education for youth is inadequate or nonexistent, 5) restrictive abortion laws have an impact on maternal mortality and morbidity, 6) herbal abortifacients used by women should be studied, 7) RU-486 should be studied as a postcoital fertility regulation option, 8) contraceptive use is low among women who undergo abortion, 9) health care providers require training in providing postabortion care in a nonjudgmental manner, 10) women with unwanted pregnancies should receive counseling and services, 11) strong opposition to abortion and contraception remains in some countries, and 12) information about all aspects of abortion should be disseminated. FPA-level recommendations based on these findings are included for Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Japan. The book ends with a chart of most common gestational period, in weeks, for requested abortions by selected countries and a list of participants at the regional meeting.