India – Sexual abuse of girls followed by refusal of abortion: adding insult to injury

On 28 July, the case of a 10-year-old girl who became pregnant after being sexual abused by her uncle hit the news in India. According to reports, the family approached the district court in Chandigarh for permission for the child … Continued

Abortion plea for sexually abused 10-year-old, India

  When a news story reveals a serious instance of injustice, it is not unusual for other stories along the same lines also begin to get into the press and media. This has happened in India with requests for abortion … Continued

Abortion is in the news and in the courts across India

Perhaps the most important headline is that 10 women die every day in India as a result of unsafe abortion. That some 30,200 abortions take place daily in India, half of which are unsafe, causing some 3,600 women to experience … Continued

Central government has been delaying law reform on abortion for fetal anomaly post-20 weeks since 2014

 Delay in amending the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act to provide women more time to seek abortion after a diagnosis of serious fetal anomaly is forcing women to go to the Supreme Court for permission to end their pregnancies. … Continued

India: Souls that roar for justice: The inimitable Amma Jaitun

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…

Evaluating the effectiveness of communication interventions to increase women’s knowledge of safe abortion in Bihar and Jharkhand, India

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.

Improving access to safe abortion in a rural primary care setting in India

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.

Home use of misoprostol for early medical abortion in a low-resource setting in India

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.

Indian Health Ministry proposes several amendments to the abortion law

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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.

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