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By Lakna Paranamanna

In a shocking disclosure, which amounts to a massacre of the innocents, illegal abortion centers that have sprung up all over the country are alleged to be carrying out more than 1,000 abortions daily, a survey has revealed.

According to Health Education Bureau Media Unit Chief Dr. Shantha Hettiarachchi the survey conducted last year said about 3,000 illegal abortion centers were operating in Sri Lanka.

“We are unable to arrive at an accurate figure because of the manner in which these undercover clinics are operating. The actual number could be higher than this,” he said.

Dr. Hettiarachchi said the statistics have also revealed that married and unmarried women underwent these illegal abortions.  He said a range of socio-economic reasons had resulted in this situation.

“Mostly it’s due to the lack of awareness on sexual health. In the case of married women this is a result of economic issues faced by them as well as the lack of a proper family planning methods,” Dr. Hettiarachchi said.

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  • Thomas Friday, 09 July 2010 04:18 PM

    If you know, why no action taken

    Manju Friday, 09 July 2010 04:19 PM

    see we are getting closer to become the "Miracle of the Asia"

    Dr Wickramatillake Friday, 09 July 2010 04:26 PM

    SAD SAD SAD, are some abortions done by my own bretheren?

    nilmini fernando Friday, 09 July 2010 07:11 PM

    Many women are pressurised/coerced/obligated/ignorant to have sex, when men demand it, and may not have access to contraception. Men too need to use contraception and respect life. Globally, an estimated 20 million women have illegal abortions every year, around 68,000 of whom die as a result. The government needs to provide family planning and educate both women and men.

    dass Friday, 09 July 2010 09:44 PM

    Sadly, no one is there to go on 'a fast unto death' against this kind of inhumanity.

    citizen1 Friday, 09 July 2010 10:23 PM

    Glad that you have mentioned the responsibility of the men involved. The burden and the social pressures push these women towards abortion. Women need to learn to say 'NO'!


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