CHAPTER 304 - TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY ACT: SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

INDEX TO SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

Termination of Pregnancy Regulations

TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY REGULATIONS

[Sections 5]

Arrangement of Regulations

   Regulation

   1.   Title

   2.   Certificate of opinion

   3.   Notice of termination of pregnancy and information relating thereto

   4.   Restriction on disclosure of information

      FIRST SCHEDULE

      SECOND SCHEDULE

[Regulations by the Minister]

SI 219 of 1972.

 

1.   Title

These Regulations may be cited as the Termination of Pregnancy Regulations.

 

2.   Certificate of opinion

   (1) Any opinion to which section 3 of the Act refers shall be certified in the appropriate form set out in the First Schedule.

   (2) Any certificate of an opinion referred to in sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Act shall be given before the commencement of the treatment for the termination of pregnancy to which it relates.

   (3) Any certificate of an opinion referred to in sub-section (1) of section 3 shall be given before the commencement of the treatment for the termination of pregnancy to which it relates or, if that is not reasonably practicable, not later than twenty-four hours after such termination.

   (4) Any such certificate as is referred to in sub-regulations (2) and (3) shall be preserved by the practitioner who terminated the pregnancy to which it relates for a period of three years beginning with the date of such termination and may then be destroyed.

 

3.   Notice of termination of pregnancy and information relating thereto

   (1) Any registered medical practitioner who terminates a pregnancy anywhere in Zambia shall, within seven days of the termination, give to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, notice thereof and the other information relating to the termination in the form set out in the Second Schedule.

   (2) Any such notice and information as is referred to in sub-regulation (1) shall be sent in a sealed envelope marked "Confidential" to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, P.O. Box 30205, Lusaka.

 

4.   Restriction on disclosure of information

A notice given or any information furnished to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, in pursuance of these Regulations shall not be disclosed except that disclosures may be made—

      (a)   for the purposes of carrying out his duties, to an officer of the Ministry of Health authorised by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health; or

      (b)   for the purposes of carrying out his duties in relation to offences against the Act or the law relating to abortion, to the Director of Public Prosecutions or a member of his staff authorised by him; or

      (c)   for the purposes of investigating whether an offence has been committed against the Act or the law relating to abortion, to a police officer not below the rank of Assistant Superintendent or a person authorised by him; or

      (d)   for the purposes of criminal proceedings which have begun; or

      (e)   for the purposes of bona fide scientific research; or

      (f)   to the registered medical practitioner who terminated the pregnancy; or

      (g)   to a registered medical practitioner, with the consent in writing of the woman whose pregnancy was terminated.

FIRST SCHEDULE

[Regulation 2]

IN CONFIDENCE

CERTIFICATE A

[Not to be destroyed within three years of the date of operation]

TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY ACT

CERTIFICATE TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE A TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY IS PERFORMED UNDER SECTION 3(1) OF THE ACT

I, ..............................................................................................................................................................................

(name and qualifications of practitioner in block capitals)of, ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

(full address of practitioner)and I, ......................................................................................................................................................................

(name and qualifications of practitioner in block capitals)of, ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

(full address of practitioner)and I, ......................................................................................................................................................................

(name and qualifications of practitioner in block capitals)of, ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

(full address of practitioner)hereby certify that we are of the opinion, formed in good faith, that in the case of, ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................

(full name of pregnant woman in block capitals)of, ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

(usual place of residence of pregnant woman in block capitals)

1. The continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the pregnant woman greater than if the pregnancy were terminated;

2. The continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman greater than if the pregnancy were terminated;

3. The continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk of injury to the physical or mental health of the existing children of the family of the pregnant woman greater than if the pregnancy were terminated;

4. There is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped.

[Ring appropriate number(s)]

This certificate of opinion is given before the commencement of the treatment for the termination of pregnancy to which it refers.

SIGNED .......................................................................................................................................................................

   DATE.......................................................................................................................................................................

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