Pregnancy Termination laws in UAE
Section 340 of the UAE Penal Code stipulates that "any person inducing a voluntary pregnancy termination in a pregnant woman by providing her with medicaments or by using instruments for this purpose is liable to up to five years' imprisonment."
Is pregnancy termination on medical grounds permitted?
This is a tricky question; the answer is yes and no. There will be a lengthy procedure to establish the essentiality of medical termination, the pregnant lady, and her family has to go through all the hassles to get the law to allow her to terminate the pregnancy.
The process is very complicated, and the lady has to procure many clinical reports to support her claim. Also, she should have a good doctor who can honestly stand by her to support her claim. Otherwise, the lady will be back to square one cursing her fate.
What about engaging in risky crude traditional country pregnancy termination?
All types of pregnancy termination are considered as an illegal practice and shall be dealt with the law of the land. It is applicable for abortion methods at home too. Unheeding to government warning, if anybody resorted to illegal abortion methods, the actions will be considered as a criminal offense and the culprits, including facilitators, shall be awarded jail terms and public lashes. Foreigners shall be deported after the prison terms.
How to find an abortion clinic in Dubai?
To overcome the strict rule of the land, abortion services are offered by overseas hospitals outside Dubai. They do not have physical clinics or representative offices in Dubai. But they will have only online service presence, and patients who are seeking abortion service can register their requirement online or call them directly.
Women usually may decide to travel to the UK or India where pregnancy termination procedures are legal.
Information is available online for safe legal and confidential termination of pregnancy.
ABORTION POLICIES ACROSS COUNTRIES.
The legal grounds for abortion vary greatly across countries. In 2013, 97 percent of Governments permitted abortion to save a woman’s life. Whereas in about two-thirds of countries in 2013, abortion was permitted when the physical or mental health of the mother was endangered, and only in half of the countries when the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest or in cases of fetal impairment. Only about one-third of countries permitted abortion for economic or social reasons or on request. Chile, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, the Holy See, Malta and Nicaragua did not permit abortion under any circumstances. By geographic region, abortion policies were most restrictive in Oceania, followed by Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. Only 6 percent of Governments in Oceania and Africa and only 12 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean allowed abortion upon request. Eighteen countries in Africa, 12 in Asia, 8 in Latin America and the Caribbean and 8 in Oceania allowed abortion only to save a woman’s life. Europe and Northern America, in contrast, had the most liberal abortion policies in 2013. Both Governments in Northern America and 73 percent of Governments in Europe allowed abortion on request. The proportion of the world’s population living in countries with certain legal grounds for abortion differs considerably from the corresponding proportion of countries. For example, in 2013, just 36 percent of countries allowed abortion for economic or social reasons, but those countries contained 61 percent of the world’s population. The difference reflects the inclusion of some countries with large populations (such as China and India) that permitted abortion on this legal ground.
A growing number of countries have expanded the legal grounds for abortion, but abortion policies remain restrictive in many countries. Between 1996 and 2013, the percentage of countries permitting abortion increased gradually for all legal grounds except to save a woman’s life, which remained at 97 percent. During this time, the proportion of countries allowing abortion to preserve the physical health of a woman increased from 63 per cent to 67 percent, and those to preserve the mental the health of a woman increased from 52 percent to 64 percent. Similarly, it increased from 43 percent to 52 percent in cases of rape or incest, and from 41 per cent to 52 percent because of fetal impairment. The proportion of countries permitting abortion for economic or social reasons or upon request also rose gradually between 1996 and 2013. In 2013, slightly over one third (36 percent) of Governments permitted abortion for economic or social reasons, up from 31 percent in 1996, while 30 percent of Governments allowed abortion upon request, up from 24 percent in 1996. Between 1996 and 2013, 56 countries (20 in Africa, 12 in Asia, 12 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 8 in Europe and 4 in Oceania) increased the number of legal grounds for abortion. During this time, eight countries (3 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2 in Africa, 2 in Asia and 1 in Oceania) reduced the number of legal grounds on which abortion is permitted.
Governments in developing regions were more than four times as likely to have restrictive abortion policies as those in developed regions. In 2013, 82 percent of Governments in developed regions permitted abortion for economic or social reasons, and 71 percent allowed abortion on request. In contrast, only 20 percent of Governments in developing regions permitted abortion for economic or social reasons and only 16 percent allowed it on request. In 2013, 86 percent of Governments in developed regions allowed abortion when the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest or in cases of fetal impairment, compared with only 41 percent in developing regions. The legal grounds for abortion were even more restrictive in the least developed countries, where only 6 percent of Governments permitted abortion for economic or social reasons, and only 4 percent allowed it on request in 2013.
Many Governments have implemented measures to improve access to safe abortion services in recent years. Out of 145 countries with available data in 2012, Governments of 87 countries (60 percent) had implemented concrete measures in the past five years to improve access to safe abortion services to the extent of the law. The percentage of Governments that implemented measures to improve access to safe abortion services in the previous five years was about the same in developed and developing regions, but this percentage was lower in the least developed countries. By geographic region, 72 percent of Governments in Asia and 66 percent in Latin America and The Caribbean had implemented such measures in the past five years, compared with 56 percent in Europe, 51 percent in Africa and 43 percent in Oceania.