Nepal: Sex selective abortion rampant

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Sex selective abortion rampant
Published: February 04, 2018

ANITA SHRESTHA
Kathmandu, Himalayan Times

Sex selective abortion is illegal and punishable as per the laws, but it has become rampant in recent years mainly due to parents’ preference for sons.

Sharada (name changed), a 28-year-old woman from Bhaktapur Sharada, has two daughters already and when she was expecting her third child she decided to go for sex selection mainly due to family pressure. For this, she along with her husband went to India and when they came to know that she had a baby girl in her womb, she decided to abort the three-week-old foetus.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/sex-selective-abortion-rampant/

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India: When knowledge can be fatal

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When knowledge can be fatal
Thursday, 18 January 2018 | Swapna Majumdar | in Oped

It is disheartening that the courts have failed women in strengthening access to comprehensive abortion care. The country needs a gender-responsive justice system

The judiciary plays a key role in interpreting laws. On a sensitive issue like abortion, where policy and legal ambiguities exist, clarity provided by the court can ensure a woman's right to bodily integrity and autonomy. This is especially so when laws, like the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994 (PCPNDT Act) contradict provisions for safe abortions in the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act. Yet, a review of all judgements interpreting the MTP Act and other laws related to abortion till 2016 show that directives passed by three important Indian courts have perpetuated stereotypes of women seeking abortion.

Continued: http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/when-knowledge-can-be-fatal.html

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Push to End South Korea Abortion Ban Gains Strength, and Signatures

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Push to End South Korea Abortion Ban Gains Strength, and Signatures
By MOTOKO RICH
JAN. 13, 2018

SEOUL, South Korea — Lee Na-yeon was 18 years old and in her first semester in college when she discovered, to her dismay, that she was pregnant.

Ms. Lee went to a hospital and had an abortion. But as a graduate of a Catholic high school where she had been shown graphic videos portraying abortion as murder, she felt scared and tormented by guilt. She had also broken the law.

Abortion is illegal in South Korea with just a few exceptions, such as when a woman has been raped or her health is at risk. It is one of just a handful of the world’s richest countries to have such restrictive abortion laws. Women can be sentenced to a year in prison or ordered to pay fines of two million won (about $1,840) for having abortions, while doctors who perform them can get up to two years in prison.

Continued at source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/13/world/asia/south-korea-abortion-ban.html

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India: Abortion: It’s every woman’s right to choose

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Abortion: It’s every woman’s right to choose
According to the latest estimates published in the December issue of The Lancet, in 2015, a staggering 15.6 million abortions occurred in India. Of these 15.6 million abortions, 73% were sought outside health facilities. While unsafe abortions in the country have reduced significantly, about eight lakh women still resort to unsafe means to end an unwanted pregnancy.

Jan 06, 2018
Soli Sorabjee

Last year, in what is considered a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court ruled that individual privacy is a “guaranteed fundamental right”. The nine-judge bench ruled that the right to privacy is comprised in the right to life and liberty guaranteed in Article 21 of the Constitution. This judgment will have significant implications for the protection of citizens’ personal freedom against intrusions by the State. While the furore about privacy and its breach began with the linking of Aadhaar numbers with various programmes, the judgment addressed several other issues that the bench believed came under the ambit of privacy. Recognising a woman’s prerogative to make decisions about her health and body, the bench ruled that “there is no doubt that a woman’s right to make reproductive choices is also a dimension of ‘personal liberty’ as guaranteed under Article 21.

continued at source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/abortion-it-s-every-woman-s-right-to-choose/story-52qv723N3yXESybsvyHR0J.html

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India: Woman moves HC to abort 27-week foetus

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Woman moves HC to abort 27-week foetus
J.J. Hospital medical board to examine woman today, submit report on January 8

Sonam Saigal
Mumbai, January 03

A woman has moved the Bombay High Court seeking permission to abort her 27-week-old foetus, which suffers from heart, brain and gastrointestinal anomalies.

Shaikh Ayesha Khatoon approached the Vacation Bench of Justice Sandeep Shinde stating that an ultrasound test on December 26, 2017 revealed that her foetus was 27 weeks and 4 days old, which was beyond the permissible abortion limit of 20 weeks.

continued at source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/woman-moves-hc-to-abort-27-week-foetus/article22361931.ece

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Indian women need better access to safe abortion practices

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Indian women need better access to safe abortion practices

Written By Nidhi Jamwal
Wednesday 27 December 2017

Finally, we have comprehensive and credible data on abortions in India. A one-of-its-kind study on abortion and unintended pregnancy, recently published in The Lancet, has estimated that 15.6 million abortions occurred in India in 2015. This is more than double the previous (2004) estimate of 6.4 million annual abortions in the country, of which one-third were ‘informal’ or performed by medically unqualified people.

The recent study has put together robust data to show that 81 per cent abortions are medication abortions, ie, termination of pregnancy using medical abortion drugs. Only 2.2 million, or 14 per cent, abortions are performed surgically, whereas the remaining five per cent abortions are ‘probably unsafe’.

Continued at source: http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column-indian-women-need-better-access-to-safe-abortion-practices-2570774

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India: Minor Rape Victim Denied Permission To Terminate Pregnancy As AIIMS Say Mother At Risk

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Minor Rape Victim Denied Permission To Terminate Pregnancy As AIIMS Say Mother At Risk
By: LiveLaw News Network
December 22, 2017

The Delhi High Court on Friday declined permission to a minor rape victim to terminate her pregnancy of almost 27 weeks after AIIMS gave a report saying abortion at this age is relatively unsafe for the mother.

In its report placed before a bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice IS Mehta, the AIIMS medical board said: “As on December 21, the duration of pregnancy of Ms X (victim, as referred in the court order) according to the LMP is 26 weeks +5 days… At this advanced gestation, the foetus has reached a period of viability and if born at this gestation, has a reasonable chance of survival”.

Continued at source: http://www.livelaw.in/minor-rape-victim-denied-permission-terminate-pregnancy-aiims-say-mother-risk/

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India: HC directs AIIMS to examine abortion plea

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HC directs AIIMS to examine abortion plea
Staff Reporter
New Delhi, December 21, 2017

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to form a medical board to decide if the pregnancy of a 15-year-old girlcould be terminated safely. The girl, who is over four months pregnant, said that she wanted to terminate the pregnancy to pursue her studies.

The girl had earlier run away from home and got married. The court directed the AIIMS to submit its report by December 22.

continued at source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/hc-directs-aiims-to-examine-abortion-plea/article22119114.ece

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Opinion: Rohingya women have suffered enough. They don’t deserve discriminatory health care.

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Opinion: Rohingya women have suffered enough. They don't deserve discriminatory health care.
By Anu Kumar, Sayed Rubayet
14 December 2017

Rape has been used as a weapon of war in conflicts all over the world. And has been used against women and girls caught up in the massive humanitarian crisis involving Rohingya refugees.

In the past few months, nearly 600,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, and more continue to seek refuge every day. The camps are overcrowded. The smell of waste and small fires for cooking and sweat hangs in the humid, thick air. Tents fashioned out of reeds and tarps perch precariously in the mud. Throngs of people crowd the latrines and newly dug wells. And these conditions are better than those in the makeshift camps, where thousands of unregistered refugees are living.

Continued at source: https://www.devex.com/news/opinion-rohingya-women-have-suffered-enough-they-don-t-deserve-discriminatory-health-care-91751

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1.6 crore abortions occur in India every year; nearly 60% of procedures unsafe

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1.6 crore abortions occur in India every year; nearly 60% of procedures unsafe
Updated: Dec 12, 2017

New Delhi: An alarming report has revealed that a total of 15.6 million (1.56 crore) abortions took place across India in 2015.

The report, which is country’s first large-scale study on abortions, also showed that one in three of all pregnancies were unintended and ended in an abortion. Read: Almost 60% of abortions found unsafe in India

Continued at source: http://www.timesnownews.com/health/article/1-6-crore-abortions-occur-in-india-every-year-nearly-60-of-procedures-unsafe/144825

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