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

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National Estimate of Abortion in India Released

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National Estimate of Abortion in India Released
Study Finds 15.6 Million Abortions Occur Annually

December 11, 2017
Guttmacher Institute

According to the first national study of the incidence of abortion and unintended pregnancy in India, an estimated 15.6 million abortions were performed in the country in 2015. This translates to an abortion rate of 47 per 1,000 women aged 15–49, which is similar to the abortion rate in neighboring South Asian countries. The study—published today in The Lancet Global Health—was conducted jointly by researchers at the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai; the Population Council, New Delhi; and the New York–based Guttmacher Institute. It also found that the vast majority of abortions (81%) were achieved using medication abortion (which, in India, is commonly referred to as medical methods of abortion, or MMA) that was obtained either from a health facility or another source. Fourteen percent of abortions were performed surgically in health facilities, and the remaining 5% of abortions were performed outside of health facilities using other, typically unsafe, methods.

Continued at source: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2017/national-estimate-abortion-india-released

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India: ‘Abortion needed many times to save pregnant women’

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‘Abortion needed many times to save pregnant women’

TNN | Updated: Dec 10, 2017

NAGPUR: Just like institutional delivery, the government needs to equally promote the concept of abortion to curb maternal mortality rate, said Dr Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, the immediate past president of International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.

"Abortion is neglected in India and is many times needed to save the lives of pregnant women," he said while talking to TOI on Saturday during the international conference 'Master Class Infertility III' organized by Shrikhande IVF and Surrogacy Centre, in association with Femicare Foundation and Nagpur Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society (NOGS). \

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Safe abortions: Why India needs more trained providers

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Safe abortions: Why India needs more trained providers
Botched procedures kill 10 women every day; abortion deaths currently account for 8% of India’s 44,000 annual maternal fatalities.

Nov 25, 2017
Sanchita Sharma, Hindustan Times

One in four pregnancies worldwide ends in an abortion, which can be a very risky procedure if botched by an untrained provider. Yet, close to half of all abortions done worldwide are unsafe, killing 47,000 women and disabling another 5 million every year.

Of the 55.7 million abortions that occurred worldwide each year between 2010 and 2014, the most recent period for which data are available, only 30.6 million (54.9%) were safe, found a review of data from 182 countries. Of the 25.1 million unsafe abortions, 17.1 million were less safe and 8 million very unsafe, found a study published in The Lancet in September.

Continued at source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/safe-abortions-why-india-needs-more-trained-providers/story-PVXmYCEeGZiFSDxAdiCwPP.html

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India: 56% Abortions Unsafe Despite Being Legal; Proposed Amendments On Hold

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56% Abortions Unsafe Despite Being Legal; Proposed Amendments On Hold
Shaifali Agrawal, November 22, 2017

Niketa Mehta was in the 24th week of her pregnancy when a test revealed substantial abnormalities in the foetus’ heart that posed a risk to its survival. Mehta decided to abort, but found herself restrained by the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, which prohibits abortion of a foetus older than 20 weeks, except when “immediately necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman”.

Mehta’s obstetrician sought judicial authorisation (Nikhil Datar v. Union of India) from the Bombay High Court, saying Mehta did not want to give birth to a severely disabled infant and witness its suffering. The court refused, saying the issue was of future health risks to the unborn child, and not to the mother.

Continued at source: http://www.indiaspend.com/cover-story/56-abortions-unsafe-despite-being-legal-proposed-amendments-on-hold-42620

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India: Attitudes to abortion putting women at risk of exploitation

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Attitudes to abortion putting women at risk of exploitation
Though abortions are legal in India, lack of transparency, social taboos and limited awareness are big hurdles for women with unwanted pregnancies

Soumya Gupta and Isha Trivedi
Nov 18, 2017

Mumbai: “Doctor? I never went to a doctor for an abortion,” says the 29-year-old, an advertising industry executive based in New Delhi, who discovered in 2009 that she was pregnant.

Her landlady had told her that pills are available in the market for inducing an abortion and she headed to Delhi’s government-run Safdarjung Hospital and asked for help at the pharmacy.

Continued at source: http://www.livemint.com/Science/Ug7l9ukXqIYZwgWcvhpTQJ/Attitudes-to-abortion-putting-women-at-risk-of-exploitation.html

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Abortion comes at a steep price in India

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Abortion comes at a steep price in India
Strict law on drugs coupled with social stigma associated with termination of pregnancies have left women seeking abortions vulnerable to exploitation

Soumya GuptaIsha Trivedi
Nov 10, 2017

Mumbai: “You can pay for the ultrasound by card, but the procedure will be Rs4,500 in cash. Please come after my clinic hours, I will give you the pills.” This is what a gynaecologist in South Mumbai told a young, unmarried media professional, who was six weeks pregnant.

This was the second gynaecologist that the woman, who wanted to get an abortion, was consulting after the first demanded Rs10,000 for the procedure.

Continued at source: http://www.livemint.com/Science/a5QMsT48DwglFGzgIzIQ6H/Abortion-comes-at-a-steep-price-in-India.html

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Government doctors are being trained to help women in India get safe and legal abortions

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Government doctors are being trained to help women in India get safe and legal abortions
The Comprehensive Abortion Care programme is training doctors in abortion laws, medical and surgical abortion procedures, and how to counsel women.

Nov 8, 2017
Jyotsna Singh

On a busy Monday morning in June, Dr Gopal Krishna was suddenly summoned to the emergency ward of Vani Vilas Women and Children Hospital in Bengaluru where he works. He had been called to attend to Beena Kumari (name changed), a 23-year-old woman who had been admitted with profuse vaginal bleeding.

Kumari had earlier taken medicines to induce an abortion – pills of misoprostol and mifepristone that are sold at pharmacies as Medical Termination of Pregnancy kits to terminate early pregnancies. Misoprostol and mifepristone fall under Schedule H of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, which means that they can only be sold against a prescription from a registered medical practitioner. But Kumari took the pills on the direction of the pharmacist.

Continued at source: https://scroll.in/pulse/857044/government-doctors-are-being-trained-to-help-women-in-india-get-safe-and-legal-abortions

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India: In a first, HC OKs abortion of 25-week fetus

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In a first, HC OKs abortion of 25-week fetus
Swati Deshpande | TNN | Nov 7, 2017

MUMBAI: Less than a month after the Supreme Court said women could directly approach the high courts for termination beyond 20 weeks of pregnancies with foetal abnormalities, the Bombay high court on Monday for the first time granted permission to a 28-year-old who is over 25 weeks pregnant.

Mumbai's Priti Rawal moved court last Friday when she was over 22 weeks pregnant, saying her fetus had multiple neurological and skeletal abnormalities, which reduced its survival chances at birth.

Continued at source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/in-a-first-hc-oks-abortion-of-25-week-fetus/articleshow/61538357.cms

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India: Uncles guilty of raping niece, 10, who was refused an abortion

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Uncles guilty of raping niece, 10, who was refused an abortion
TWO brothers who raped their 10-year-old niece have been convicted of the horror crime - nine months after she was denied an abortion.

By Simon Osborne
PUBLISHED: Thu, Nov 2, 2017

A fast-track court in India found the men guilty of rape and warned them they both faced life sentences.

The girl, from Chardigarh, Punjab, did not realise she was pregnant and her parents only found out when she complained of a stomach ache.

The Indian Supreme Court denied her the right to an abortion in July when she was 30 weeks pregnant as the national law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless the mother's life is in danger.

Continued at source: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/874501/chandigarh-punjab-india-uncles-raped-niece-10-refused-abortion-baby

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