YOUTH COALITION – Abortion stories (video) and Report of an ASAP youth advocacy institute on abortion rights

  Women tell their abortion stories Video by Feminism in India Different women have different experiences of abortion. Let’s create judgment-free spaces for them to talk about it. One of the easiest and most powerful ways to break stigma is to simply talk about abortion. Here, five women narrate their abortion stories in a powerful video. #Sept28 #LetsTalkAbortion   +++ PHOTO: Ayesha Bashir/ASAP   2. Report of an ASAP youth advocacy institute on abortion rights … Continued

INDIA – Three stories of doctors trying to withhold or discourage safe abortion

When women who approach doctors are denied abortion, they are forced to find a safe abortion some other way. The result? Unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India. For her first termination of pregnancy, Aishwarya (not her name) had gone to a gynaecologist, but was denied by the one she saw, a woman. The doctor appeared to referred her to a colleague, who turned out to be an IVF specialist. … Continued

INDIA – Bombay High Court exhibits incompetence in understanding clinical and psychological issues in two rulings on abortion requests after 20 weeks: where is the government?

Under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, abortion beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy can be done only with permission from a high court. In Mumbai in late December, a 14-year-old rape victim approached the Bombay High Court seeking permission to terminate a 22-week pregnancy. A so-called vacation bench ruled the girl had to be medically examined by a team of expert doctors at the JJ Hospital. The advice they asked for, and should already have … Continued

INDIA – Evidence on abortion incidence, access to and quality of care in six Indian states

Abortion has been legal under broad criteria in India since 1971, yet representative information on abortion incidence and access to abortion services in the country has been scarce. The results of a large-scale study titled “Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion in India” have now been released, filling a critical evidence gap. The study was conducted jointly by researchers at the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, Population Council, New Delhi, and Guttmacher Institute, New York. Data come … Continued

SPOTLIGHT ON A CAMPAIGN MEMBER: CEHAT, INDIA

Integrating Gender in Medical Education: A Guide for Medical Teachers of Obstetrics & Gynaecology on the MBBS Course The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences has taken an important step towards gender mainstreaming and gender sensitisation by suggesting gender-integrated modules in the existing MBBS curriculum. The MBBS is the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree, the primary medical degree. This is part of a larger project on “Integrating Gender into Medical Education” under the aegis of … Continued

RIGHT TO HEALTH – Criminalising the right to health: the shared struggle of the HIV and safe abortion movements

Both HIV and unsafe abortion endanger life and health and have a disproportionate impact on people living in developing countries

This month, India’s Supreme Court struck down Section 377, a colonial-era law that banned same-sex activity and led to the systemic discrimination and persecution of LGBTQ Indians. This was a huge victory for India and – as two lawyers who have spent decades fighting for the rights of LGBTQ individuals – a very personal one.

INDIA: HOW NOT TO WRITE ABOUT A WOMAN’S DEATH 

Woman’s death from unsafe abortion blamed on “sex selection” without evidence A news report that a 28-year-old woman with three children who had been 7 months’ pregnant had died from a dangerous abortion was offensively illustrated as above. The article itself opens by saying: “The police suspect that the woman was trying to abort the fetus from the third month of her pregnancy after finding out that she was expecting a girl.” In fact, in … Continued

INDIA – Teenage cancer patient who was raped seeks abortion

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday constituted a medical board at JJ Hospital in response to a plea by 13-year-old girl, who was diagnosed with cancer of the blood at age 10, to terminate a pregnancy from rape, which was in the 24th week. Around three months ago, she told her mother that she had missed her menstrual cycle. Her mother ignored it, assuming it was due to her health condition. On 5 September, when … Continued

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