Published: Saturday 15 November 1997

In an attempt to check deaths from illegal operations, Cambodia has legalised abortion. The new law, passed by the National Assembly, states that girls under the age of 18 must seek parental permission to have an abortion.

Under the new law, unqualified doctors will be fined up to 10 million riel (US $3,124) and could be jailed for up to 10 years if found guilty performing abortions. "Women's health is our primary concern, as many girls have died because of the inadequate equipment used by quacks," said Kann Man, a member of the National Assembly.

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