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This was because of the uncertainty surrounding the legal identity of her daughter – her daughter does not hold a Malaysian citizenship as she was born overseas but has an application that is currently “in process”. She says staying in the foreign country provides more security for her child and herself, as they are allowed to be there on a long term basis unlike in Malaysia where her non-Malaysian daughter gets shorter term visas. Laws that are gender-discriminatory make women more vulnerable during times of crisis. As many as 14 rights groups, including the All Women’s Action Society, said the legislative changes by the northeastern state of Terengganu violate the right to freedom of expression, asian-date.net/eastern-asia/malaysian-women equality and non-discrimination. The laws, which were passed by the state assembly, also worsen “existing harmful impact on women, young people, LGBTQ persons, among others,” according to a Dec. 3 statement.

The Malay kris that rests at the top represents nationalism, and awareness that represents Malaysia at every level of football. The entire emblem is enclosed within a circle that represents the unity and timelessness of the sport. The literacy rate is lower for females (90.7%) compared to males (95.4%)—estimates as of 2010, for population aged 15 and over. Malaysia, has, in recent years invested in the education of both sexes; and as a result, more girls are now studying at the university level.

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Some of them coped with these feelings through prayers, asking forgiveness from God and the unborn fetus. Forty-five women who passed the criteria for study inclusion were approached for participation and 31 agreed to be interviewed. Among the 14 women who rejected participation, reasons were reluctance to discuss the study topic, unavailability for the planned interview as well as time constraints, disapproval from husband/partner to participate and concerns with confidentiality.

Some governments have stepped up response, including in France which offers hotel rooms to victims. Future follow up following abortion were asked for by some women to safeguard the possibility of any long term side effects. One woman wished for more follow ups in case of long term effects of abortion. Some women also received support from their mothers and good friends when the mothers took care of them, post-abortion, while they could confide their feelings and emotions with regard to the abortion with good friends.

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Pregnant Malaysian women are facing difficulties entering Malaysia during this Movement Control Order to deliver their children in Malaysia. Children born overseas to Malaysian women are not automatically Malaysian citizens upon registration , which also means that these children will not get Malaysian citizenship. Furthermore, during this time, it is also difficult for their non-citizen husbands to accompany them to Malaysia. Malaysia’s deputy home minister previously said that a child born overseas might hold dual citizenship – illegal in Malaysia after an individual reaches the age of 21 and has to choose – and so pose a national security threat.

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Among the types of abortion information desired were the consequences or side effects, availability of the service, methods of abortion, abortion procedures and post abortion care. Most women had concerns about long term consequences of post-abortion but were not sure of the validity of the information and would like to receive detailed information about side effects. Most of them preferred medical abortion compared to surgical methods (D&C/MVA) as it took up less time, was cheaper, was more convenient and could easily be done at home, with little or no pain like normal menstruation. Women with impressions that surgical abortion would be painful, weaken the body and impose the need to stay in the clinic for post-abortion monitoring influenced some women to choose medical abortion. The patients’ medical records were searched for women who fitted the inclusion criteria of the study; those who experienced induced abortion (surgical and/or medical abortion). Walk-in patients who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were also approached to participate. A Malaysian woman chose to remain in Italy instead of repatriate to Malaysia although the Covid-19 situation was escalating there.

Malaysia has relatively liberal abortion laws in that they permit abortions for both physical and mental health cases. The stagnating contraceptive prevalence rate combined with the plunging fertility rate suggests that abortion might be occurring clandestinely.

Ten women reported only to have had one previous abortion while the remaining had multiple abortions ranging from 2–8 times. The findings revealed that although women had abortions, nevertheless they faced problems in seeking for abortion information and services. They also had fears about the consequences and side effects of abortion and wish to receive more information on abortion. Women with post-abortion feelings ranged from no feelings to not wanting to think about the abortion, relief, feeling of sadness and loss. Abortion decisions were primarily theirs but would seek partner/husband’s agreement. In terms of the women’s needs for abortion, or if they wished for more information on abortion, pre and post abortion counseling and post-abortion follow up. “Discriminatory nationality and citizenship laws embody patriarchal values that undermine women’s basic human rights and expose them and their children to harm and further discrimination.

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