Legalised abortion 'reduces maternal mortality in Nepal'

Nepal has made significant reductions to its maternal mortality rate by legalising abortion, it has been reported.

According to Asia One, the Himalayan state saw its maternal death rate fall from 539 per 10,000 live births in 2001 to 289 in 2006 – the 2002 law change being the major contributing factor.

Since then, women have been able to seek a termination upon request during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, where there has been rape or incest, is foetal impairment or a health risk to the mother.

Indira Basnett, country director for the reproductive health organisation Ipas, said the finding was "a great sign indeed".

She added: "Following the government decision to legalise abortion, the government as well as private stakeholders have been providing abortion services in Nepal, and the results are very promising."

Last week, Zambia's first lady Thandiwe Banda called for institutions within the African nation to pull together to reduce incidences of maternal mortality.ADNFCR-2094-ID-19315785-ADNFCR