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WORKING GROUP ON PARAGRAPH 8.25

The consultations on paragraph 8.25 (abortion) continued on Thursday morning. At 6:00 pm, Amb. Biegman distributed new text in English to the Main Committee. He announced that the text will be available in all languages on Friday and that it would be discussed in the Main Committee. Malta stated that although a lot of work has been put into this text, his delegation cannot be party to it.

The WHO definition for "unsafe abortion" is now in a footnote: "a procedure for terminating an unwanted pregnancy either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment lacking the minimal medical standards or both." In addition, the word "legal" no longer appears and the sentence reads: "In circumstances in which abortion is not against the law, such abortion should be safe."