A recent paper entitled “Can India transition from informal abortion provision to safe and formal services?” discusses the fact that although abortion was legalised in India in 1972, several barriers continue to prevent women from accessing safe services, especially in rural areas.
Barriers to sex workers’ reproductive freedom – including means and access to prevent pregnancy, options to terminate pregnancy, and the choice and resources to raise children – haven’t been thoroughly explored because sexual and reproductive health and rights have been applied in a limited fashion to sex workers. It is telling that the majority of studies concerning FSWs in the Global South address their sexual health but narrowly, focusing on prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS… Most outreach to sex workers does not seriously consider their sexual autonomy or reproductive lives, part of an implicit marginalising of FSWs even among activists, leading them to classify FSWs as a separate category at arm’s length from “other” women.
Medical practitioners in Bangalore are learning safe abortion methods to cut maternal deaths. Over the past 18 months, more than 150,000 women have received services by newly trained providers, with about 70% of those providers based in rural facilities.
You may have spotted posters from train windows, as you enter stations, or at traffic signals that offer to solve your ‘sex problems’.
CREA in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz has launched an online campaign #AbortTheStigma to address the stigma and shame associated with abortion in India. This 3 month online campaign culminated on 28 Sept. They published blogs, personal essays, comics and illustrations on working to eradicate stigma and the importance of a woman’s choice, and publicised an information hotline for young people on sexual and reproductive health, violence, consent and relationships. “The issue of abortion and … Continued