The Review of the Law on Abortion emanates from the recommendations made by the Special Law Commission on the Review of the Penal Code and the Special Law Commission on the Review of Gender-related Laws. The Special Law Commission on the Review of the Law on Abortion was empanelled in May, 2013 and began its work in July, 2013.

The general mandate of the Commission is to review the law on abortion to ensure conformity with the Constitution, Government policies, and applicable international laws.