India: Worrying signs for Tamil Nadu women as contraceptive use decreases

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Worrying signs for Tamil Nadu women as contraceptive use decreases

By Sushmitha Ramakrishnan | Express News Service
Published: 26th September 2017

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu is one of the most urbanised states in the country. But the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS) for 2015-16 has found that the State has seen an eight per cent decline in use of all kinds of contraceptives in the last decade. The decline is five per cent more than the national average.

Continued at source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2017/sep/26/worrying-signs-for-tamil-nadu-women-as-contraceptive-use-decreases-1662742.html

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India: Doctor on hunger strike over wife’s abortion, but welfare officers call it miscarriage

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Doctor on hunger strike over wife’s abortion, but welfare officers call it miscarriage
By Salonee Mistry, Pune Mirror
Sep 23, 2017

In an unusual case, a Daund-based veterinarian sat on an indefinite hunger strike against authorities of the State Family Welfare Department for not taking action against his wife, who he claims had illegally aborted their child.

After waiting for months for the authorities to take action in his favour, Pravin Kadam decided to stage a hunger strike till he gets justice. However, the department claims that the abortion was natural and that Kadam was unnecessarily involving the government in his personal dispute.

Continued at source: http://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/civic/doctor-on-hunger-strike-over-wifes-abortion-but-welfare-officers-call-it-miscarriage/articleshow/60799700.cms

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In Numbers: What Unsafe Abortions Are Doing To Millions Of Indian Women

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In Numbers: What Unsafe Abortions Are Doing To Millions Of Indian Women
Posted by CREA
September 23, 2017

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 42 million pregnancies were voluntarily terminated, of which 20 million were unsafe (2003).

The rate of unsafe abortions is higher where abortion laws are restrictive. It is, however, important to note that while decriminalising abortions is a vital first step, that alone will not result in eliminating unsafe abortion.

Continued at source: Youth Ki Awaaz: https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2017/09/unsafe-abortions-a-silent-pandemic/

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Rajasthan: School manager, teacher booked for gangrape, forceful abortion of minor student

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Rajasthan: School manager, teacher booked for gangrape, forceful abortion of minor student

By: Express News Service | Jaipur | Updated: September 18, 2017

A class XII student was allegedly raped over a period of three-four months by a teacher and a school manager in Sikar and made to undergo an abortion, police said on Monday.

Following the “intensive” medication given to her following an abortion, the girl is suffering from acute movement disorder where she cannot move her limbs nor has control over her bowel, side effects of the drugs given to her, doctors said.

Continued at source: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/rajasthan-school-manager-teacher-booked-for-gangrape-forceful-abortion-of-minor-student-4849714/

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Women’s bodies are under attack: The alarming reality of reproductive rights in India and the US

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Women’s bodies are under attack: The alarming reality of reproductive rights in India and the US

Written by Sophie Cousins
September 12, 2017 Quartz india

Outside, the mid-morning heat is stifling. It’s not humid like the bustling metropolises of Mumbai or Kolkata; here in New Delhi, it’s a dry heat, the type of heat that exhausts you, made worse by a thick layer of dust which sticks to your face and stings your eyes.

At the maternity ward inside the hospital at Jamia Hamdard University, all the metal gurneys are taken, some with sheets, some without.

Continued: https://qz.com/1073136/abortion-contraception-pregnancy-how-womens-bodies-became-a-battlezon/

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India: Woman undergoes abortion in 30th week of pregnancy at JJ hospital

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Woman undergoes abortion in 30th week of pregnancy at JJ hospital

Woman’s foetus had been diagnosed with multiple congenital defects. The newborn, weighing 900 gms, survived for a few minutes after birth before succumbing to multiple complications.

Written by ​TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA | Mumbai
Published: September 12, 2017

WITH the judiciary emerging as the only avenue for pregnant women over 20 weeks in gestation whose foetuses are diagnosed with an anomaly, the city is seeing a rise in the number of petitions seeking medical termination of pregnancy filed in the apex court. In the latest case, a Dubai-based pregnant woman, detected with several anomalies in her foetus, underwent an emergency pregnancy termination at JJ Hospital on Monday following Supreme Court orders.

Continued at source: Indian Woman undergoes abortion in 30th week of pregnancy at JJ hospital

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India: Gynaecologist attacked in Pune for refusing to perform illegal abortion

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Gynaecologist attacked in Pune for refusing to perform illegal abortion
Shoumojit Banerjee
Pune, September 10, 2017

In yet another incident of violence against the medical fraternity, a city-based gynaecologist was assaulted by a gang after he reportedly refused to perform an illegal abortion.

The incident occurred late Saturday night in Pune’s Sangvi area after Dr. Amol Bidkar, a gynaecologist-pregnancy doctor with the Sakhi Maternity Centre, was attacked with a long-bladed weapon (‘koyta’) after he refused to terminate the foetus of a young woman in the fifth month of her pregnancy.

Continued at source: The Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/gynaecologist-attacked-in-pune-for-refusing-to-perform-illegal-abortion/article19655325.ece

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India: Solapur Abortion ‘Racket’: Doctor-couple had no permission to conduct abortions, kept poor record

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Solapur Abortion ‘Racket’: Doctor-couple had no permission to conduct abortions, kept poor record
Police recover 2 dead foetuses, send them for DNA analysis to confirm gender

Written by ​TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA | Mumbai
Published:September 10, 2017

Investigations into the alleged abortion racket in Solapur’s Akluj area where a doctor couple has been arrested showed that while their maternity home had permission to conduct sonography and deliveries, it was never registered to conduct abortions. Of 36 abortions conducted in a span of 18 months at Siya Maternity home, the couple conducted sex determination in at least five but maintained poor or no records, investigations revealed.

Continued at source: Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/solapur-abortion-racket-doctor-couple-had-no-permission-to-conduct-abortions-kept-poor-record-4836458/

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India: Two days after SC allowed abortion, 13-year-old Mumbai rape survivor delivers baby

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Two days after SC allowed abortion, 13-year-old Mumbai rape survivor delivers baby

The apex court had on Tuesday gave a go-ahead for abortion, observing the minor was under mental trauma and the risk of pregnancy was equal to the risk of abortion.

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Updated: September 8, 2017

Two days after the Supreme court permitted a 13-year-old rape survivor to terminate her 31-week pregnancy on medical grounds, the minor underwent a cesarean operation at JJ Hospital, Mumbai, and delivered a baby boy. The newborn is under neonatal intensive care unit and weighs 1.8 kg. “The baby is stable and will be under observation,” said Dr Ashok Anand, a gynaecologist at the hospital. The minor will remain in hospital for a week.

Continued at source: Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/two-days-after-sc-allowed-abortion-13-year-old-rape-survivor-delivers-baby-4834376/

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India: Rape Survivors’ Right to Abortion: Are Doctors Listening?

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Rape Survivors’ Right to Abortion: Are Doctors Listening?
By Padma D. and Sangeeta R.
Sep 8, 2017

Recent amendments to the rape laws have made it mandatory for all hospitals to provide immediate treatment to survivors of rape. An abortion is an essential element of such care.

What is the ethical and legal responsibility of doctors when it comes to abortion for pregnant rape survivors? Credit: Reuters

The news of rape survivors, especially children, being denied abortion has been in the public eye for some time. First it was a ten-year-old rape survivor, 28 weeks pregnant, and the second was a 13-year-old child, 26 weeks pregnant, both reaching medical institutions/doctors but being turned away by the medical system owing to the advanced stages of pregnancy. Both appealed to the Supreme Court to seek permission for abortion. The court did not allow an abortion for the ten-year-old child, compelling her to proceed with the pregnancy, while the 13-year-old child has been allowed to terminate the pregnancy.
Continued at source: https://thewire.in/175257/rape-survivors-right-to-abortion/

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