INDIA – Lok Sabha (Parliament) debate on Medical Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill 2020

In India, a woman cannot decide for herself to have an abortion, rather the Act along with other laws and Acts in the country can be and are increasingly used to prevent access to safe abortion services. In the recent past, the number of cases filed in the court to access safe abortion services has increased exponentially. Recent data shows that majority (>80%) are conducted outside ‘legally approved or safe’ facilities and persons seeking abortion face a range of systemic and legal barriers, in accessing safe and legal abortion services, especially for gestational period beyond legally mandated 20 weeks….

INDIA – Abortion law reform passes lower house of Indian parliament

The Government of India passed the Medical Termination of Pregnancy amendment bill on 17 March 2020 in the lower house of India’s parliament. A report of the statements made by members reveals hopes for this law reform that are highly unlikely because of the limited changes it permits, for example: “The Bill will bring about socio-economic change and give a woman reproductive rights,” said Dr Shrikant Eknath Shinde (Shiv Sena). Chandeshwar Prasad (JD(U)) said, “The Bill … Continued

INDIA – Population is exploding, punishment works: the chupke chupke (hush hush) act

“The first week of February saw the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2020 being introduced as a private member’s bill in the Rajya Sabha [Council of States, Parliament of India]. There was not much fuss or attention. One can say it went unnoticed in the public like a hush-hush matter. If the bill ever becomes an Act, it will be the unprecedented law in India to punish families for having more than two children.   The bill proposes that “there is … Continued

FEATURE: INDIA Prime Minister’s Cabinet tables proposal for abortion law reform

On 29 January 2020, the Cabinet of Prime Minister Modi published the text of a bill to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971. The bill is to be introduced in the ensuing session of the Union Parliament, where it will be debated. A summary of the current law, the amendments it proposes, and responses to the bill by leading NGOs working for abortion rights in India are reported below. Text in quotes is taken direct from the source.

INDIA – Child safety law leading to unsafe abortions among girls under 18

The conflict of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) 2012 and the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1972 is making doctors hesitant to provide abortion services to girls under the age of 18 due to fear of prosecution, and teenaged girls are apprehensive of seeking abortion services from legal providers, in turn, forcing them to seek unsafe abortion. For example, a few days after discovering she is pregnant, a young woman, along … Continued

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