“Instances of Abortion at Home in Armenia”
28.09.2017
12:00
September 28 marks the International Safe Abortion Day. A discussion entitled “Instances of Abortion in Armenia: Presentation of Report” was held at Media Center with the participation of Violeta Zopunyan, Chairman of “Center for Rights Development” NGO, Zaruhi Batoyan, Chairman of “Disability info” NGO, Anush Poghosyan, Project Coordinator of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at “Women's Resource Center” NGO.

In 2017, the Women's Resource Center NGO created Women's Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights Network, which aims to provide women with reproductive rights where a range of experts and human rights activists are involved.

“According to the World Health Organization data, in countries where the law of abortion is not available, 22 million people are considered annually as not safe abortions, they resort to inadequate home-based interruptions, of which 7 million lead to a range of reproductive health complications and consequences even cases of women's death are recorded,” Poghosyan said.  

He points out that even though the law for abortion for women functions in Armenia, it is often not available.

“In recent years, changes have been made in Armenia and a 3-day waiting period was added for abortion. It often hinders women in rural areas who have difficulty accessing a city hospital and because they cannot come back in three days, they do abortions at home,” Poghosyan said.

Referring to the amendments to the RA Law on Human Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights, in particular, Article 10, Violeta Zopunyan says that in the case of 12-week-pregnancy, abortion can be conducted according to a written application of a woman and from weeks 12 to 22 abortion can be conducted exclusively based on medical, social testing where a woman's written consent should be again.

“The doctor should give free consultations on how to interrupt the pregnancy, in fact there are other types of consultations that are not so objective. As for the 3-day period, I think the doctor should decide whether or not that pregnant woman needs a 3-day deadline. Here is the decision of a woman under suspicion, whether to do an abortion or not. A woman may ask for a 3-day period but here's a question about how the three-day deadline was chosen - perhaps it would take a shorter period,” Zopunyan said. 

Referring to the problem of access to reproductive services for women with disabilities, Zaruhi Batoyan, another speaker of the debate, said that in case of women with disabilities, this problem is doubled.There is not only the issue of women's education, awareness raising, but also access to medical services, change of the attitude of medical staff, as well as problems with the state's fulfillment of duties.

“Medical facilities are inaccessible mainly because of technical equipment, lack of adequate treatment, knowledge,” Batoyan said.

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Lilit Arakelyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to lilitarakelyan@pjc.am.

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