Volume 5, 1998
Abortion in Thailand: a Feminist Perspective
Malee Lerdmaleewong, R.N., M.N
Caroline Francis, B.A., M.A.
Mahidol University Bangkok, Thailand
The objectives of this paper are threefold: (1) To examine the abortion debate in Thailand, identifying issues raised by Thai feminist scholars about the status of women; (2) To overview some of the more prominent feminist arguments regarding abortion (particularly those written by Canadian and American scholars) as a tool for defining women’s reproductive rights; and (3) To focus on a study of attitudes toward abortion among health care personnel and post-induced abortion patients in Bangkok, Thailand in order to discern the degree of support (if any) for feminist abortion arguments.