"The foundation expects to officially propose the Reproductive Health Rights Promotion and Protection bill for legislation by September next year," Assoc Prof Kritaya Archavanitkul of Mahidol University’s Institute for Population and Social Research said at a public forum on the people’s version of the bill yesterday, which also addresses birth control and abortion issues.
Kritaya said when doctors refused to abort unwanted pregnancies some women were forced to turn to illegal clinics where they faced serious health risks.
Dr Kittipong Saejeng, who heads the Bureau of Reproductive Health, said that according to available records, about 29.2 per cent of females who sought abortion last year, did so because they wished to continue their studies.
He added that the average age at which people first had sex was now between 14 and 15 years old. "It used to be around 18 and 19 years old," he said, adding that some girls were only 10 years old when they delivered their first child.