Pictured above: A sign in front of a clinic providing safe and legal abortion run by Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand in northern Bangkok
BANGKOK — The small clinic has only four sections: a reception area, restrooms, counseling room and an area where the actual procedure is performed.
Located just off busy Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, it’s run by the Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand, an organization that pioneered the concept of family planning, with much success, in the country over 40 years ago.
Speaking next to a bed where patients are examined by ultrasound, a counselor and assistant nurse discuss the steps necessary before getting an abortion. Women are not only screened for their health, counselor Aoy said, but also counseled about the consequences and other options available to them.
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“We ask them if they want to raise the child,” said Aoy, who declined to give …