On Saturday 17 March 2017 a warrior for justice – Jaitun – commonly referred to as ‘Amma’, took her last breath and with the stillness of the night, like a rainbow that came to show her magnificence, her spirit passed on as her body lay on a scrap of mud floor outside a shop front, which she paid Rupees 1,500 per month to rent…
Unsafe abortion is still a significant public health problem in India, with complications of abortion accounting for 8-9% of maternal deaths. Every year an estimated 6.4 million abortions take place in India, and over half (56%) are estimated to be unsafe. Many women are not aware that abortion is legal, nor are they aware of facilities that are certified by the government to provide abortion services.
Background: Abortion services were legalized in India in 1972, however, the access to safe abortion services is restricted, especially in rural areas. In 2002, medical abortion using mifepristone- misoprostol was approved for termination of pregnancy, however, its use has been limited in primary care settings.
Although home use of misoprostol for early medical abortion is considered to be safe, effective and feasible, it has not become standard service delivery practice [in India]. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy, safety, and acceptability of home use of misoprostol as compared to clinic misoprostol in a low-resource setting.
This report, published in November 2016 by the Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology at Jindal Global Law School, in collaboration with the Ipas Development Foundation India, aims to clarify provisions of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 (MTP … Continued
At present, the law on abortion in India recognises failure of contraceptive as a legal reason for abortion only if the woman is married. The national Health Ministry has proposed to allow single women to opt for abortion in cases of unplanned pregnancies, a move aimed to allow single women to exercise their reproductive rights.
In Rajasthan, unscrupulous medical practitioners, looking to make quick money, have been caught duping pregnant women to undergo abortions after telling them that they were carrying a girl child despite the fetus being male. This has been discovered in several cases through women posing as patients in decoy operations.
Ms Medha Gandhi, Director-Policy, Ipas Development Foundation, India, said, “We hear incidents where women especially minor girls are denied safe abortion services very often quoting reporting requirements under POCSO as being very complicated. If she is denied access at a public facility or approved private facility, she is likely to reach a backstreet provider who in all likelihood is not going to provide safe abortion services, since most of these backstreet service providers are not trained and equipped for this.”
India’s 1994 law banning the use of ultrasound to establish fetal sex seems to be hampering the use of ultrasound for legitimate purposes while not necessarily improving the girls-to-boys sex ratio at birth.
Bombay High Court rules that female prisoners have right to access abortion and extend the right to chose to many more women than before. The judgment declares that “a woman’s decision to terminate a pregnancy is not frivolous”.