28 August 2008

Women's Organization urges Parliament to speed up abortion law

Televizaun Timor-Leste, 27 August - East Timor's Popular Women's Organization (OPMT) urged the National Parliament Wednesday (27/8) to speed up the abortion law to save women's lives and to prevent criminalization of abortion practices in the country.

The urge is made by women's representatives from all 13 districts during a one-day seminar to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the women's organization. OPMT's Secretary General, Melita Alves, said the criminalization of abortion in the country seriously affects women's lives though in fact there was no legal framework for such acts.

OMPT, as Fretilin's women's organization, was established on 1975 to fight for the emancipation of Timorese women.

Post sponsored by East Timor Women - Raising awareness of the plight of women in East Timor.

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