38.The Committee is concerned at the high ratio of abortion and suicide among teenage girls and women in the State party. It is particularly concerned:
(a)That, under article 14 of the Maternal Protection Act, read in conjunction with article 212 of the Penal Code, women can only obtain an abortion in situations in which the continuation of pregnancy or delivery may significantly damage their physical health and in situations in which they have been raped in a violent or threatening manner or in which they could neither resist nor refuse and become pregnant;
(b)That women are required to get consent from their spouses in order to obtain an abortion;
(c)That suicide rates among women and girls remain high in the State party.
39. In line with general recommendation No. 24 (1999) on women and health and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Committee recommends that the State party:
(a) Amend the Penal Code and Maternal Protection Act to ensure the legalization of abortion not only in cases of threats to the life and/or health of a pregnant woman but also in all cases of rape, irrespective of the use of violence, threat against or resistance by the victim, incest and serious fetal impairment and to decriminalize abortion in all other cases;
(b) Revise the Maternal Protection Act in order to remove the requirement of spousal consent for pregnant women to obtain an abortion; and ensure that where abortion is sought on the ground of serious fetal impairment, the free and informed consent of the pregnant woman is obtained;
(c) Adopt a comprehensive plan with clear targets and indicators aimed at preventing suicide among women and girls.