INDIA – Assessing the judiciary’s role in access to safe abortion after 20 weeks

There has been an increase in women approaching the Supreme Court of India and High Courts in different states seeking permission to end unwanted pregnancies. An analysis of these court judgments, recently published by the Pratigya Campaign for Gender Equality and Safe Abortion, found cases of 194 women in the last three years who went to court seeking abortions in traumatic circumstances – including rape, risk to life and mental health, and serious fetal abnormalities. … Continued

INDONESIA – Proposed new criminal code related to sexual relations and much more leads to protest demonstrations

There is bad news from Indonesia. The government has apparently finalised a new criminal code with over 600 clauses that has been in the drafting stage for decades. Clauses related to sexual relations, adultery, sex work, abortion, contraception, blasphemy, and much more are very restrictive and criminalise many new behaviours and people. Abortion would be illegal unless it is a medical emergency or due to rape and would carry a four-year prison sentence. Sex before … Continued

INDIA – The worrying disappearance of medical abortion pills in India

As high as 80% of abortions in India are with medical abortion pills. Pratigya Campaign for Gender Equality and Safe Abortion recently commissioned a study with the Centre for Media Studies on “Availability of medical abortion pills in the urban markets of four Indian states (Bihar, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh)”. This study covered 1,008 retail chemists to understand the awareness levels and attitudes of the chemists stocking and selling the pills. It found that in Rajasthan, none … Continued

NEPAL/INDIA – Reports find that young, unmarried girls are resorting to unsafe abortions because of the failure of health services

…to provide them with information and confidential abortion care. At least 12 health institutions in Rolpa, Nepal, including Rolpa District Hospital, provide safe abortion pills for unwanted pregnancy up to nine weeks free of cost. The hospital and two primary health centres also provide safe aspiration abortions up to 12 weeks free of cost.

NEPAL – Editorial calls for standards and regulations on abortion

The law on abortion in Nepal is vague in that it does not explain the standards prescribed for non-governmental and private health institutions that can provide obstetric care, including abortion. Mere passage of a law holds little meaning if the guidelines for executing its provisions are not formulated. This has been the case with the Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Right Act, whose provisions are facing difficulty in their implementation even a year after its … Continued

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