NLA passes teen mom prevention bill

Breaking News February 04, 2016 15:34

By The Nation

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The National Legislative Assembly Thursday passed the final reading of a bill aimed at reducing pregnancies among teenage girls.

The bill was passed in the third reading with 179 votes while six NLA members abstained.
The bill will take effect 120 days after it is published in the Royal Gazette.
The bill will set up a national committee headed by the prime minister to be in charge of drafting policies to prevent and tackle pregnancies among teenagers.
The committee will also provide help to teenage moms.
The bill defines teenagers as the ones who are between 10 to 20 years old.
The bill also requires the Education Ministry to design sex education courses to be taught in schools.

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