UNFPA Thailand supports in the process of the development of the Teenage Pregnancy Bill by playing a role as convener and provides technical support to partners inclusion of Department of Health (as Secretariat), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Women’s Health Advocacy Foundation (WHAF). The process called for the participation from most key stakeholders leading by the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security with the support from NGOs, CSOs, CBOs, academics and women networks. The numbers of the consultative meeting were conducted and the draft of the TP bill was timely produced for the submission to the cabinet.
On February 4, 2016, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved a bill to address the teen pregnancy problem prevalent in Thailand. The Prevention and Remedial Measures for Adolescent Pregnancy Bill, consisting of 23 sections, stipulates that young people aged 10 to 19 must be given access to reproductive health information and services. Schools must offer comprehensive sexuality education, provide consultations on pregnancy prevention and allow teenage mothers to continue their studies at school until graduation. The Adolescent Pregnancy Bill also imposes a maximum jail term of one month and/or a fine of 10,000 Baht for anyone refusing to assist endangered teenagers. A special committee will be appointed to propose policies to prevent and reduce pregnancies among teenagers and map out penalties for those refusing to abide by the committee’s order. The committee will also be tasked with modernizing gender and sexuality studies.