Abortion Law: Myanmar

 

Abortion is only permitted to save the life of the woman.

Abortion Law

Under the Penal Code of Myanmar, abortion is generally illegal and any person performing an abortion is subject to up to three years’ imprisonment and/or payment of a fine.  A woman who induces her own abortion is subject to the same penalties. However, a pregnancy may be legally terminated in good faith to save the life of the pregnant woman (further informations).

 

MYANMAR:PENAL CODE

 

Article 312

Whoever voluntarily causes a woman with child to miscarry shall, if such miscarriage be not caused in good faith for the purpose of saving the life of the woman, be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both; and, if the woman be quick with child, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description forr a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.

Explanation.  A woman who causes herself to miscarry is within the meaning of this section.

 

Article 313

Whoever commits the offence defined in the last preceding section without the consent of the woman, whether the woman is quick with child or not, shall be punished with transportation for life, or with imprisonment of either descrtiption for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to a fine.

 

Article 314

Whoever, with intent to cause the miscarriage of a woman with child, does any act which causes the death of such woman shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine;

and if the act is done without the consent of the woman, shall be punished either with transportation for life, or with the punishment above mentioned.

Explanation. It is not essential to this offence that the offender should know that the act is likely to cause death.

 

Article 315

Whoever, before the birth of any child, does any act with the intention of thereby preventing that child from being born alive or causing it to die after its birth, and does by such act prevent that child from being born alive, or causes it to die after its birth, shall, if such act be not caused in good faith for the purpose of saving the life of the mother, be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, or with fine, or with both.

 

Article 316

Whoever without lawful excuse does any act knowing that he is likely to cause death to a pregnant woman, and does by such act cause the death of a quick unborn child, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.

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