Abortion law Maldives

Abortion is prohibited in the Maldives except for certified medical reasons. The consent of the spouse is required. Abortion is reportedly permitted where thalassaemia is diagnosed. Thalassaemia is a fatal genetic blood condition  that  is carried by 20 per cent of the population and affects one child in every 250.

Given the dispersal of its population (a quarter of a million people spread over 200 inhabited islands), the accesibility and high delivery costs of basic health services remains the main challenge. The provision of family planning services, contraceptives in particular, continues to be a main priority of the Government.

Information above has been retrieved from the official UN website. Full text can be found here.