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Public Opinion on Unsafe Abortion in Nepal : Some Facts & Figures

Majority of the parliamentarians (65%) were in the opinion that couples should have the right to abortion on demand.This study was conducted among 218 parliamentarians in 1992.

Almost all the doctors (94%) were in favor of legalizing abortion law in the country.this study was conducted among 18doctors (gynecologists and hospital in-charge)of government hospitals within and outside the Kathmandu valley (CREHPA 1997) .

85% of the community health workers, 76%locally elected representatives and 82% teachers and social workers were in the opinion that women have right to abortion if the pregnancy is due to rape (CREHPA,1988)

In the same study, 70% community health workers, 54% locally elected representativesand 59% teachers and social workers have believed that women should have right to abortion if the pregnancy is due to failure of family planning method.

An evaluation study in 9 districts of the eastern regions of Nepal shows that 72% of the 800 respondents were in favor of liberalizing abortion laws in the country (CREHPA,1999) .

In the same study, 75% of the 800 respondents were in the opinion that unsafe abortion can be prevented if the existing law on abortion is liberlized.

Almost all the gynecologists (97%) working in private clinics and nursing homes are in favor of legalizing abortion in the country. That women should have the right to abortion if the pregnancy is due to rape, were mentioned by all 61 gynecologists interviewed. This study was conducted within kathmandu and outside the Kathmandu valley in 2000(CREHPA,2000).

In the same study, most gynecologists (85%) viewed that women should have the right to abortion if the pregnancy is due to contraceptive failure.

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