Deadly secret: The illegal abortions killing Myanmar's women


Abortion is banned in Myanmar unless a woman's life is at risk and doctors who defy the law can face up to 10 years in jail.

Yangon (AFP) - Thiri's heart started pounding and her whole body shook after she swallowed the final dose of pills that would end her unwanted pregnancy in a Yangon hotel.

Her boyfriend had abandoned her after finding out she was pregnant -- a familiar story in Myanmar, where many consider women "ruined" if they have sex before marriage.

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