Termination of Pregnancy for Patient with Intellectual Disability: A Case Report

Nor Salhana Mohammed Wazir, Umi Adzlin Silim

Abstract


Women with intellectual disability are more vulnerable to sexual abuse due to their poor cognitive ability and interpersonal skills which can result in unintended pregnancy. Due to social and economic factors, including being a victim of rape, termination of pregnancy has often been contemplated. In this case report, we illustrate a case of a young lady with intellectual disability who was raped, with her carer subsequently requesting for termination of the pregnancy. In Malaysia, decision to perform termination of pregnancy must take into consideration the legal, medical, mental health and religious aspects. Psychosocial factors need to be addressed to prevent future unintended pregnancy.

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Keywords


Intellectual Disability; Unintended Pregnancy; Termination of Pregnancy; Abortion

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