Why does Singapore criminalize abortion for foreigners?
According to AWARE Singapore, foreigners can only get an abortion in Singapore if they meet certain conditions:
Foreigners are only eligible for abortion in Singapore if they meet
one of the four conditions below:
- They have been residing in Singapore for 4 months or more; or
- They are married to a Singapore citizen or have PR status; or
- They hold or are the wife of a holder of a work permit pass (not a temporary work permit) or employment pass; or
- An abortion is immediately necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman.
Section 3 of the Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1974: says getting an abortion as an unqualified foreigner is a crime punishable by a:
fine not exceeding $3,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both
Why does Singapore do this?