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Update abortion laws

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I write in praise of Prof Kamheang Chaturachinda's letter, ''Abortion access is crucial'' (BP, Jan 30), which clearly identified feasible and sensible solutions for a major problem facing thousands of Thai women. If only all Thais, especially the politicians, could understand, accept and act on his suggestions, then we all would be living in a more compassionate country. So many Thai women suffer needlessly because of inaction by people who could make a change. Some Thais have told me that religious principles do not permit abortions, but I have talked to some senior and respected monks who assure me that is not the case. There is no excuse for not updating the laws to meet the legitimate needs of so many. 


Re: ''Kamman Poh behind bars'' (BP, Jan 30). Central Investigation Bureau commissioner Pol Lt Gen Pongpat Chaiyaphan and Pol Col Arthip Taennil, of the Crime Suppression Division, deserve three chaiyos and a promotion for their excellent work in bringing convicted first-degree murderer Somchai Khunploem, aka Kamnan Poh, to jail. This despite the fugitive being the father of a serving cabinet minister, and despite the recent chiefs of police having been appointed by the minister's ally.

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