Thailand has something of a tarnished track record when it comes to enforcing legislation. Prostitution, you may be surprised to know, is actually illegal in the country, regardless of how many women and children are trafficked in and out each year for the sex trade. Considered a “sex tourism” hot spot, it is not far fetched to think that abortions, also illegal, occur within its borders.
This article from Times LIVE discusses the finding of 2,000 tiny aborted bodies in a Bangkok temple in November of last year, a finding that has the Thai government threatening to “ban sex with girls under 20”. The article uses a 17 year old unidentified girl as its primary source, while at the same time stating that only 12 to 15 percent of all abortions in the country are performed on teenagers. It seems our reaction in the West, as well as that of the Thai government, is misdirected towards the smallest percentage of women affected. However, given the country’s habit of making unenforced laws to placate a voting public, whatever the legislative outcome may be, it may directly not affect the lives of the Thai people and their unfortunately high abortion rates.by