India – Late abortion not that risky any more: Experts

Late abortion not that risky any more: Experts

TNN | Jan 12, 2019

KOLKATA: The Kolkata woman who has sought an abortion at 24 weeks is not an exception, since more than 50 such cases — including one in the city — have been reported from around the country in recent years, said Mumbai-based gynaecologist Nikhil Datar. Medical termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks — which requires a clearance from court — should now be allowed without legal sanction if it is found to be clinically permissible, according to Datar.

Datar had treated another Kolkata woman who went through a successful abortion two years ago. On that occasion, a seven-member medical board had been formed at SSKM Hospital to oversee the procedure which took three days.

Continued: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/late-abortion-not-that-risky-any-more-experts/articleshow/67497749.cms

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Asia / India – FII’s Asmita Ghosh Attends ASAP Youth Advocacy Institute For Abortion Rights

FII’s Asmita Ghosh Attends ASAP Youth Advocacy Institute For Abortion Rights

By FII Team -
December 26, 2018

This December, FII Campaign Manager Asmita Ghosh was selected to be a part of the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership’s Youth Advocacy Institute. The Institute was created for activists working in sexual and reproductive health and rights from across Asia to train in abortion rights advocacy. The four-day workshop saw a mix of hands-on activities, group discussions and seminars by experts in the field.

Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) is an abortion rights advocacy organization committed to capacity building at the regional level by connecting and boosting the work of abortion rights activists across Asia in the form of workshops, conferences and small grants.

Continued: https://feminisminindia.com/2018/12/26/asap-youth-advocacy-institute-abortion-rights/

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Mumbai: 14-year-old rape survivor seeks HC’s permission for abortion

Mumbai: 14-year-old rape survivor seeks HC's permission for abortion
Under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, abortion beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy can be done only after seeking nod from the high court.
Bombay High Court, rape survivor abortion

Dec 26, 2018

Mumbai: A 14-year-old rape victim has approached the Bombay High Court seeking permission to terminate her 22-week pregnancy. A vacation bench of Justice Bharati Dangre on Monday directed the victim to be medically examined by a team of expert doctors at the state-run J J Hospital in Mumbai.

"The team should examine her (victim) and submit a detailed report on whether it is feasible and advisable to terminate the pregnancy of the victim," the court said.

Continued: https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/mumbai-14-year-old-rape-survivor-seeks-hcs-permission-for-abortion/337128

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India – Bombay high court denies abortion plea for fetus with gene defects

Bombay high court denies abortion plea for fetus with gene defects
Dec 24, 2018

MUMBAI: Taking note of a woman’s abortion plea on the grounds that giving birth to a baby with chromosomal abnormalities would affect her mental health, the Bombay high court recently directed the setting up of three consecutive medical boards to examine the matter.

This was for the first time in such a case that the court directed the setting up of a panel (the second one) made exclusively of mental health experts (from JJ Hospital).

Continued: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/hc-denies-abortion-plea-for-fetus-with-gene-defects/articleshow/67222931.cms?

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India – The Abortion Pill: The How, The Why, And Everything In-Between

The Abortion Pill: The How, The Why, And Everything In-Between

By Guest Writer
December 14, 2018

One would think that the legalisation of abortion would lead to safer options for Indian women. But the truth is far from it. Despite the legal approval to terminate a pregnancy, India continues to witness millions of incidents of unsafe abortions, making it the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India.

There is a battery of reasons that indicate why a developing country like India continues to see unsafe abortions such as the moral objection, stigma, lack of awareness, cost of abortion, legal loopholes to name a few.

Continued: https://feminisminindia.com/2018/12/14/abortion-pill-information/

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How stigma and restricted access stop Indian women from seeking safe abortions

How stigma and restricted access stop Indian women from seeking safe abortions
When women who approach doctors are denied abortion, they are forced to break the law and opt for unsafe abortion. The result? Unsafe abortions is the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India.

Haripriya Suresh and Shiba Kurian
Friday, November 30, 2018

For her first termination of pregnancy, Aishwarya* had gone to a gynaecologist, but was flat out denied by the doctor, who said she would not perform the abortion. The doctor then referred her to a colleague, who turned out to be an IVF specialist. The second doctor, too, denied her the abortion, and instead asked her to carry the pregnancy to term and have a baby. Aishwarya was seven weeks pregnant at the time, but the IVF specialist refused to give her a medical kit, and stated that she was too far along, and asked her to come in for a prohibitively expensive surgery to abort.

“I walked out of the hospital, went to my neighbourhood pharmacy, asked for the kit, and I self-medicated,” Aishwarya says.

Continued: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/how-stigma-and-restricted-access-stop-indian-women-seeking-safe-abortions-92505

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In pictures: Expanding access to safe abortion in India

In pictures: Expanding access to safe abortion in India

Nov 23, 2018
International Planned Parenthood Federation

(Stories and pictures of the work and experiences of 8 women in India)

Konika* - Mother of three, Parivar Swasthya Kendra (PSK) client

Konika is 20 years old, and the mother of three girls. Like many local young women, she decided to have an abortion when she became pregnant for the fourth time within five years. Citing financial issues as the driving force behind her decision, despite her mother-in-laws desire for her to have another child, hoping this time it would be a boy.

Continued: https://www.ippf.org/expanding-safe-abortion-India

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Let’s Talk About The Long Overdue Reforms Needed In The Abortion Laws Of India

Let’s Talk About The Long Overdue Reforms Needed In The Abortion Laws Of India

By Nyaaya
November 22, 2018
Posted by Malavika Rajkumar

A 35-year-old pregnant rape victim discovers that she is HIV positive in her 17th week of pregnancy. She approaches a government shelter, an approved place to conduct an abortion, but is denied the abortion. They demand parental and spousal consent, even though under the law, a woman above the age of 18, does not need such consent.

She approaches the High Court only to have the High Court deny the request. She’s 26 weeks pregnant by the time the case reaches the Supreme Court which recognises the improper treatment she has been subject to, but ultimately denies the abortion because under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, she had crossed the 20 week limit for abortion.

Continued: https://feminisminindia.com/2018/11/22/abortion-laws-reforms-india/

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Extensive New Body of Evidence on Abortion in Six Indian States Released

Extensive New Body of Evidence on Abortion in Six Indian States Released
Data Available on Abortion Incidence, Access to and Quality of Safe Abortion Services

Nov 12, 2018

Abortion has been legal under broad criteria in India since 1971, yet representative information on abortion incidence and access to abortion services in the country has been scarce. The results of a large-scale study titled Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion in India have now been released, filling a critical evidence gap. The results of the study—which 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—include a wide range of data on abortion in six Indian states: Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. These states are geographically and culturally diverse, and are home to nearly half of reproductive-age women in India.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2018/extensive-new-body-evidence-abortion-six-indian-states-released

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As A Doctor, I’m Shocked To See Women Asking For ‘Homemade’ Abortion Solutions

As A Doctor, I’m Shocked To See Women Asking For ‘Homemade’ Abortion Solutions

SHEROES in #MyBodyMyChoice
Oct 17, 2018

By Dr Michelle Frank:

Being a doctor, my daily interactions reveal some startling facts. Although abortion is a woman’s basic right, she’s stuck in a moral dilemma when confronted with naysayers who say – “While other women are experiencing difficulty in conceiving, you’re choosing abortion?” Women still hide behind the tabooed cloak thinking that abortions are illegal or morally wrong. This is not surprising as women are regularly shamed for wanting rights over their bodies.

I want to ask – “How many of us think of consulting an OB-GYN for an abortion?” For most women and girls, popping that infamous abortion pill seems so much easier and so very confidential.

Continued: https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2018/10/we-need-more-safe-spaces-to-openly-talk-about-abortion/

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