A 21-year-old woman from Thailand allegedly sent her ex-boyfriend a box containing a 28-week-old unborn baby wrapped in a white towel she reportedly aborted, according to Bangkok Post.
Apparently, the woman identified as Waew, wanted to remind her former boyfriend, who left her for another woman during her pregnancy, of his irresponsibility. In the letter accompanying the box, Waew accused him of being cruel and cold-hearted.
Prior to receiving the box with disturbing content, Waew allegedly sent her ex-boyfriend a text message informing him that she was confined in the hospital for excessive bleeding. The police believe Waew attempted to abort the baby herself but ended up seeking medical help.
Moreover, Samrong Nua police station’s Pol Maj Natthawat Atthakijwiroj said Waew sneaked out of the hospital with the deceased baby.
Police reports claimed that Waew delivered the box which was received by her ex-boyfriend’s sister in his house in Samrong Nua district. She quickly left the place after handing out the box.
According to Waew’s ex-boyfriend, the woman wanted to have the baby aborted when she was about 6 months pregnant, but he told her to keep the baby.
Abortion in the Philippines
Although abortion is legal in several countries, this practice is banned by law in the Philippines.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), abortion is still rampant in countries where the procedure is considered illegal because of lack of access to modern contraceptives.
Some legal experts in the country are rallying for the legalisation of abortion in order to save the life of the mother. However, proposals to legalise it have been opposed by the Catholic Church.
Because of lack of access to safe medical abortion, many Filipinas resort to undergo unsafe abortion procedures. In fact, a study conducted by researchers from the Guttmacher Institute and the University of the Philippines in 2009 revealed that 800 to 1,000 Filipinas die due to complications of unsafe abortion annually.