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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Two-thirds of abortions unsafe in major Indian states: Study

Two-thirds of abortions unsafe in major Indian states: Study
In the nine states (Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Assam), which represent 50% of the population, the overall rate of unsafe abortion was 67%.

May 04, 2019
Prasun Sonwalkar

Abortion has been legal in India since the early 1970s, but in five out of nine major Indian states, over two-thirds of abortions may be unsafe, new research by experts based at the University of Oxford and India suggests.

Vulnerable and disadvantaged women and young women (aged 15-19) are particularly at risk and have the highest chance of dying from an abortion-related complication, the study published on Thursday in BMJ Global Health says.

Continued: https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/two-thirds-of-abortions-unsafe-in-major-indian-states-study/story-NGiKbZMQvU1XIrtKvLmOWK.html

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Delhi: Five-year wait for law to ease abortion rules

Delhi: Five-year wait for law to ease abortion rules

TNN
Apr 19, 2019

NEW DELHI: Last month, when a woman in Maharashtra found out that her 22-week-old fetus had a brain condition that posed “substantial risk of serious physical handicap,” she had to move court because abortion is not allowed in India after 20 weeks. The woman and her husband would have been spared this trauma had a five-year old proposal to allow medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) up to 24 weeks in problematic cases become law.

It was in 2014 that the Union health ministry drafted the amendment to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act for cases in which doctors diagnose fetal abnormalities or substantial risk to the mother or the child.

Continued: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/mumbai-five-year-wait-for-law-to-ease-abortion-rules/articleshow/68948179.cms

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India – More awareness needed on safe abortion methods

More awareness needed on safe abortion methods
A large number of women are unaware of their rights to abortion

Pooja Biraia Jaiswal
April 10, 2019

According to data disclosed by the Delhi health department in a recent RTI reply, only one in ten abortions in the city are reported, while over 50,000 termination of pregnancies have taken place in the last five years. This is essentially due to a lack of data on the number of maternal deaths resulting from abortions. Although abortion is legal in India and is regulated under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, the lack of awareness about it and the stigma attached to it, have led a number of women resort to unsafe and non-medical methods of abortions which prove to be fatal and life threatening. A woman can safely terminate her pregnancy upto 20 weeks of gestation under the supervision and guidance of one or two medical practitioners and for those who want to terminate it beyond 20 weeks, must seek approval from the courts.

Continued: https://www.theweek.in/news/health/2019/04/10/more-awareness-needed-on-safe-abortion-methods.html

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Youth Friendly Sexual & Reproductive Health Services a Must! Data shows 14 million Indian girls marry before 18 years

Youth Friendly Sexual & Reproductive Health Services a Must! Data shows 14 million Indian girls marry before 18 years

Updated: March 24, 2019
By Vandana Chavan, Member of Parliament

A 2015 UNESCO report on “Emerging Evidence, Lessons and Practice in Comprehensive Sexuality Education” (CSE) suggests that CSE has far-reaching benefits for SRH, particularly in reducing STI’s and unintended pregnancies.

India, with the second largest population in the world of 1.3 billion, is also home to the world’s largest adolescent and youth at 365 million. Over 50 per cent of the country’s population is under the age of 25. An analysis of the United Nations World Population Prospects 2017 by Bloomberg revealed that by 2027, India with its current increase in the proportion of working age people, also known as the demographic dividend, will have the largest workforce in the world.

Continued: https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/health/youth-friendly-sexual-reproductive-health-services-a-must-data-shows-14-million-indian-girls-marry-before-18-years/1525491/

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The top 6 priorities of quality abortion services according to women

The top 6 priorities of quality abortion services according to women

12 March 2019
GCACI, India

Safe abortion services are a crucial aspect of healthcare. Estimates suggest that approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies worldwide will end in abortion. But what constitutes quality abortion care for the people that access these services?

In order to find out women’s priorities in abortion care, IPPF in partnership with Ibis Reproductive Health interviewed 45 women in Kenya and India. These women identified important characteristics of what they perceived as the highest quality care. Here are the 6 most commonly identified characteristics:

Continued: https://www.ippf.org/blogs/top-6-priorities-quality-abortion-services-according-women

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India – Woman held for selling abortion kit illegally

Woman held for selling abortion kit illegally

TNN
Mar 9, 2019

NASHIK: A 40-year-old woman, identified as Mangal Shinde, was arrested for allegedly selling the medical termination of pregnancy kit to a decoy.

Sarkarwada police said that the food and drug administration received a tip-off about the clandestinely sale of the kit. A trap was laid near Canada Corner area and the suspect was caught while delivery the kit in exchange of money on Thursday, the police said.

Continued: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nashik/woman-held-for-selling-abortion-kit-illegally/articleshow/68324598.cms

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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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