How India’s abortion laws are trailing society, technology and the young single women having more sex

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How India’s abortion laws are trailing society, technology and the young single women having more sex
Faced with a 20-week limit and cultural and other legal restrictions, millions of Indian women have abortions outside hospitals and clinics, while many others do not even know the procedure is legal because of a lack of public education

Monday, 21 May, 2018
Amrit Dhillon

Using euphemisms, Anita Adhikari, 43, says shyly that her husband wants sexual intercourse almost every day. How they manage to perform the act is a mystery. The chip board partition which separates her room in a slum in Gurgaon, a satellite city of the capital New Delhi, from the family next door is so flimsy you can hear her neighbours talking. With two grown-up married children, Anita is far less interested in sex than her husband, but she has no choice in the matter. Like most Indian women, she has to obey his every whim.

Anaemic and underweight, Adhkari used to miss her periods occasionally. When there was no sign of her period after three months, she assumed her menopause had started. But, feeling anxious one day in February, she went to a doctor who said she was pregnant. She went to a nearby chemist and bought an anti-abortion pill. By now, she was in her 18th week. The pill did not work. The only option was an abortion.

Continued: http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/article/2147008/how-indias-abortion-laws-are-trailing-society-technology

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Abortion has been legal in India since 1971 but it is still not a woman’s right

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Abortion has been legal in India since 1971 but it is still not a woman’s right
Nozer Sheriar
22 April, 2018

Legal barriers, such as the blanket 20-week gestation limit, no mention of unmarried women in the clause of contraceptive failure, the need for physician’s consent – all constrain and deny women reproductive justice.

According to a Worldometers projection, the world has witnessed 36.4 million childbirths since the beginning of this year, and 10.8 million induced abortions. The birth of a child usually gets attention, support and celebration. Abortions usually get judgment, stigma and punishment.

Continued: https://theprint.in/opinion/abortion-has-been-legal-in-india-since-1971-but-it-is-still-not-a-womans-right/51634/

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Ireland to vote on abortion in shadow of death

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Ireland to vote on abortion in shadow of death
Three separate medical and legal inquiries into Halappanavar’s death identified serious mistakes in her treatment at the Galway hospital

April 15, 2018
Gulf News, Mick O'Reilly, Foreign Correspondent

MADRID: The pain hasn’t gone away over these past five-and-a-half years. And there’s not a day that goes by that Andanappa Yalagi doesn’t think of his daughter, Savita Halappanavar, and how her death was so preventable.

Halappanavar died at a hospital in Galway, Ireland, in October 2012 from a septic miscarriage. Now, from his home in Karnataka, he is speaking out, hoping that Irish voters will change the anti-abortion constitutional ban that led to the death of his 31-year-old daughter.

Continued: http://gulfnews.com/news/europe/ireland-to-vote-on-abortion-in-shadow-of-death-1.2205604

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Ensuring women’s sexual and reproductive autonomy key to gender equality

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Ensuring women's sexual and reproductive autonomy key to gender equality, writes Amruta Fadnavis

Written By Amruta Fadnavis
Updated: Mar 10, 2018

Women, who constitute 49 per cent of India’s population, are increasingly contributing to the economy and are crucial drivers of the growth and progress we witness today. However, we will not be able to sustain this progress unless their health, specifically sexual and reproductive health issues, are prioritised in the national agenda.

Many women still do not have access to essential sexual and reproductive health services and infrastructure. They face vulnerabilities due to several economic and social barriers – lack of financial resources, skewed cultural norms, lack of information and stigma – that prevent them from accessing timely and life-saving services.

Continued: http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column-in-sickness-and-in-health-2592362

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Select CITYWALK promotes ‘SheDecides India’ global movement

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Select CITYWALK promotes 'SheDecides India' global movement

Mar 06, 2018

New Delhi [India], Mar. 6 (ANI-NewsVoir): The very first national movement of SheDecides, SheDecides India, a global movement, was officially launched at Select CITYWALK in the presence of Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Dr. Jaideep Malhotra, President, FOGSCI, Kamla Bhasin, Human Rights Activist, Robin Gorna, Global Co-Lead, SheDecides among many other social activists.

On this occasion Arjun Sharma, Chairman, Select CITYWALK said, "We at Select CITYWALK truly support this greatest cause to promote fundamental rights of adolescent girls and women, their lives and their future. Being a working place led by equal number of women employees we support and salute the power of women and always stands to protect their rights. We were honoured to host the India launch of SheDecides India."

Continued: https://www.aninews.in/news/business/business/select-citywalk-promotes-shedecides-india-global-movement201803061842550002/

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India – TN woman dies due to botched abortion performed by local quack

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TN woman dies due to botched abortion performed by local quack
Sumathi was found dead on the floor of Jayalakshmi’s house, with a foetus lying next to her.

Manasa Rao
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A 35-year-old woman died in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvannamalai district due to a botched abortion performed by a local quack.

Sumathi, from Kalambur village, was six months pregnant when she decided to approach Jayalakshmi for an abortion. According to sources, Sumathi borrowed Rs 2,000 from her mother and left the house without telling anyone where she was going.

Continued: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/tn-woman-dies-due-botched-abortion-performed-local-quack-77159

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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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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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