Sunday, November 30, 2008
The Abortion Pills
Yesterday evening, I watched a program on one of the local TV station which inform about the circulation of Abortion Pills in big cities of Indonesia that can be purchased online through website.
Considering that Offering Abortion to other people is ILLEGAL in Indonesia, I felt very curious about this news. So, on Sunday afternoon I visited Google and typed the words PIL ABORSI on the Search Box and found several websites offering such Pills, one of which mentioned that the pills can be used to abort pregnancy of up to five months old, with prices ranging from Rp 500.000,- up to Rp 2.000.000,- depending on the age of pregnancy. However, it is not mentioned whether the Pills are registered with our Drugs and Food Supervision Board (BPOM), therefore most likely their circulation is ILLEGAL.
The existence of such websites shocked me because according our Penal Code (KUHPidana) Article 535, Offering Abortion to other people can be punished up to Three Months Imprisonment. If the Consumer is under 17 years old, the punishment can be up to Nine Months Imprisonment (Art. 283). While a Female who commit Abortion can be punished up to Four Years Imprisonment (Art. 346). And the Executor of Abortion i.e Doctors, can be punished up to Five years and Six Months Imprisonment (Art. 348) Exception for Abortion can only be given if the abortion is carried out to save the life of the mother.
Due to the fact that the illegal Practice of Abortion is very dangerous for females, especially if done by unauthorized persons using unauthorized medicament, therefore the above mentioned Laws should be enforced accordingly. For which purpose the BPOM should investigate the medicament/drugs used for the Abortion, and coordinate with the Police to conduct further preventive and repressive actions such as banning the circulation of the Illegal Abortion Pills.