Abortion Debate Still Alive in Thailand as American Abortion Doctor Found Guilty of Murder

by admin on May 14, 2013

72 year old abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted on Monday afternoon of three counts of first-degree murder for severing the spinal cords of infants born alive during illegal late term abortions at his West Philadelphia clinic reports the Washington Post. He was acquitted on a forth charge.

Gosnell will now be sentenced and it is believed the Prosecutors will be asking for the death penalty.

The Gosnell verdict is received at a  time where the contentious and  long running debate continues accross Thailand with arguments being had with regards to both the morality and legality of abortion in Thailand. Always a contentious subject, it was the discovery of 2000 fetuses in a Bangkok Buddhist temple in late 2010 as reported by the New York Times which reignited the strong opinions and debates about abortion.

 Some point firmly believe that abortion should be legal and there are many reasons behind unwanted pregnancies, and thus women should not be judged. Others however feel the present law is valid, arguing that abortion remains a serious sin, akin to murder.

 Sections 301-305 of the Thai Penal Code state that abortion remains illegal in Thailand unless the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest or will endanger the life of the mother.

Performing an illegal abortion can lead to a sentence of five years imprisonment, a fine of 10,000 baht (about USD 336 as of May 2013 exchange rate) or both, whilst a woman who undergoes an abortion is liable for three years imprisonment, a fine of 6,000 baht (about USD 222) or both.

Thailand Criminal Lawyer

Chaninat and Leeds specializes in international criminal cases in Thailand


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