India – Court relaxes rules for woman to abort foetus suffering from congenital anomaly

Court relaxes rules for woman to abort foetus suffering from congenital anomaly

Staff Reporter
new delhi, July 15, 2019

The Delhi High Court has relaxed the law governing termination of pregnancy to allow a 27-year-old woman to abort her 25-week foetus diagnosed with a congenital anomaly which made it “impossible for the child” to remain alive after birth.

A Bench of Chief Justice and Justice C. Hari Shankar took the assistance of medical experts from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to determine the condition of the foetus suffering from Bilateral Muticystic Kidney disease with Oligohydramnios and Pulmonary Hypoplasia.

Continued: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/court-relaxes-rules-for-woman-to-abort-foetus-suffering-from-congenital-anomaly/article28431209.ece

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India – SC Issues Notice On PIL Seeking Decriminalization Of Abortion

SC Issues Notice On PIL Seeking Decriminalization Of Abortion [Read Petition]

Live Law News Network
15 July 2019

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Centre in a Public Interest Litigation seeking decriminalization of abortion and declaration of right to complete autonomy of a woman to make decisions related to reproductive choices.

The petition under Article 32 of the Constitution of India jointly filed by Swati Agarwal, Garima Sekseria and Prachi Vats challenges the validity of Sections 3(2), 3(4) and 5 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 as discriminatory and violative of personal liberty and bodily autonomy.

Continued: https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/sc-issues-notice-on-pil-seeking-decriminalization-of-abortion-146377

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India – A human health project

A human health project
Empowering women to make reproductive choices and opt for quality family planning services can help India not only address the fertility challenge but fulfill the ICPD pledge

Friday, 12 July 2019
Swapna Majumdar

Ever since 1989, July 11 is observed as the World Population Day to draw attention to issues surrounding human population. The urgent need to provide an enabling environment to facilitate women’s autonomy in reproductive decisions was underlined five years later in 1994 at the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). Here, for the first time, an international agreement, recognising the right to sexual and reproductive health, was signed by 179 countries, including India.

Twenty five years have passed since the historic ICPD Programme of Action. Although India has taken several measures to provide universal access to reproductive health services, including contraceptives, has it really delivered on its promise to give women the right to choose when, if and how many children to have?

Continued: https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/columnists/a-human-health-project.html

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India – Sexual health largely neglected, reproductive health not a priority in policy discourse

Sexual health largely neglected, reproductive health not a priority in policy discourse

The story highlights harsh truths on sexual and reproductive rights, which are mostly not protected and thus practically non-existent.
Kalpana Apte
27th Jun 2019

Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) is a concept that Indians, and South Asians are largely ignorant and aloof about. The taboo around topics like sex and sexuality is the root cause for the many issues people, especially women, face daily. According to a 2019 report by the Family Planning Association (FPA), India, 14 per cent of pregnancies amongst women aged under 20 are unplanned. It posits further that over 34 per cent of adolescent married girls admitted to being physically, emotionally, or sexually assaulted. Fifty per cent of maternal deaths among girls from 15-19 years of age occur due to unsafe abortion practices. All this in a scenario where sexual and reproductive health is not even a category that has its own laws and medical courses.

Continued: https://yourstory.com/socialstory/2019/06/sexual-health-reproductive-health-policy-discourse

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India – Four Myths About Abortion That We Need To Stop Peddling

Four Myths About Abortion That We Need To Stop Peddling

By FII Team -
June 24, 2019

It’s high time we get rid of these pernicious myths about abortion that add to abortion stigma and make abortion harder to access for women and trans people seeking access to reproductive healthcare.

1. Abortions are dangerous.
Let’s put to rest the myth that abortions are a dangerous procedure. Abortions, when conducted by legitimate and registered medical professionals, are a very safe procedure with minimal risks.

Continued: https://feminisminindia.com/2019/06/24/myths-about-abortion/

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India’s abortion law — ahead of its time in 1971 but now behind science, societal demands

India’s abortion law — ahead of its time in 1971 but now behind science, societal demands
Abortion has been legal for 48 years but is still not based on women's rights. Moreover, experts argue it isn't in line with current medical and societal standards.

Aneesha Bedi and Apoorva Mandhani
Updated: 3 June, 2019

New Delhi: Two years ago, in August 2017, the Supreme Court refused to grant permission to a 10-year-old school-going rape survivor from Chandigarh to abort her 32-week-old foetus. The apex court relied on a medical board report, which warned that abortion would risk the girl’s life.

This despite the girl having told the court that her body was not ready for childbirth. She was forced to deliver, giving birth to a baby girl soon after.

Continued: https://theprint.in/india/indias-abortion-law-ahead-of-its-time-in-1971-but-now-behind-science-societal-demands/244884/

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India – HC seeks Centre’s response on plea for raising abortion time period

HC seeks Centre’s response on plea for raising abortion time period
‘Lack of legal approval, unhygienic conditions put many at risk’

Staff Reporter
New Delhi, May 29, 2019

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre on a petition seeking to raise the time period for terminating pregnancy in case of health risk to the mother or the foetus from the current cap of 20 weeks to 24-26 weeks.

A Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Brijesh Sethi sought responses from the Health and Law Ministries, and the National Commission for Women on the plea.

Continued: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/hc-seeks-centres-response-on-plea-for-raising-abortion-time-period/article27279954.ece

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India: In Madhya Pradesh, an innovative solution that shows the way to end unsafe abortions

In Madhya Pradesh, an innovative solution that shows the way to end unsafe abortions
Madhya Pradesh, according to a 2015 Guttmacher Institute report, is among six states where the maternal mortality rate is higher than that of India — 221 compared to 167 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Written by Shai Venkatraman
Published: May 22, 2019

Clad in a hospital gown, Rukhsan Banu waits outside the MTP OT (Medical Termination of Pregnancy Operation Theatre) at the Elgin Rani Durgavati Hospital in Jabalpur. The 24-year-old, just over two months pregnant, does not want to keep the baby. “My husband and I have two children and we don’t want any more”.
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Rukhsan and her sister-in-law travelled for over three hours from their home in Seoni village to come here for the procedure. The operation theatre, which opened in September 2017, is the first of its kind at a government hospital in India.

Continued: https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/health/in-madhya-pradesh-an-innovative-solution-that-shows-the-way-to-end-unsafe-abortions-5741511/

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India – Whether You Are Pro Life Or Pro Choice, Morality Should Not Form The Basis Of Your Argumen

Whether You Are Pro Life Or Pro Choice, Morality Should Not Form The Basis Of Your Argument

Monika Rahar in Health and Life, Sexual Health, Women Empowerment
May 20, 2019

The 21st century is a century of transition; the more science is getting involved in the everyday life of an individual the more it is ending up confronting the social and moral narratives controlling individual choices. Law and society are two sides of the same coin. Demand or need of the latter necessitates the formulation of the former and implementation of the former defines or decides the nature of the latter. A change in one is resonated by a corresponding change in the other. India is one of the nations which has taken a progressive stand by Legalising abortion and passing the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 (the MTP Act). This act recognised the right of a woman to undergo an abortion if her case falls under any of the categories specified u/s 3 of this act.

This article will address the issue of ‘abortion’ and will look into its meaning, legality, types in medical sciences, the processes employed to procure it and physical and mental implications. More importantly, it will address the question ‘how far will conservative forces go in an attempt to impose ‘morality’ on a changing society?‘

Continued: https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2019/05/legal-dynamism-comes-to-rescue-when-sanskars-human-rights-ideals-of-liberty-clash/

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Why We Need To Get Rid Of Abortion Stigma

Why We Need To Get Rid Of Abortion Stigma | #AbortionMeraHaq

By Asia Safe Abortion Partnership -
May 9, 2019
Posted by Yashoda Dhakal

Early one morning I got a call from my childhood friend. It surprised me. She said, “Yashu, I need your help, it’s something serious and personal.” Finally, I came to know that, one of my friend’s closest friends had an unintended pregnancy and wanted to abort it. Sadly, due to some social restrictions and fear of exposure, she didn’t dare to seek out safe abortion service providers. So they wanted to know about medical abortion from me, expecting that I had dealt with similar cases. The irony was that they themselves were medical students!

Abortion stigma
Abortion is so highly stigmatised in our society that it seems the stigma is itself ‘communicable’ – in the sense that if anyone knew that a girl had an abortion, that person will be stigmatised as well.

continued: https://feminisminindia.com/2019/05/09/abortion-stigma-india/

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