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Proposed law on abortion bill in Taiwan would remove need for ‘husband’s consent’

An amendment to remove the requirement for married women to obtain permission from their partner before having an abortion now drafted by the Health Promotion Administration (HPA).

The new bill hopes to present by March next year. It also plans to rename the act to the "reproductive health act."

Induced abortion by a married woman “shall be subject to her husband’s consent unless her husband is missing, unconscious or deranged," written under Article 9 of the Genetic Health Act.

However, a petition calling for the removal of the provision was on Wednesday last week launched on the National Development Council’s Public Policy Network Participation Platform.

Supporters of the law left comments online saying that the decision to have a child should be decided by both spouses, as marriage is a partnership.



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