India – Botched abortion kills 28-year-old woman in Madurai, hospital attendant arrested

Botched abortion kills 28-year-old woman in Madurai, hospital attendant arrested
The police suspect that the woman was trying to abort the foetus from the third month of her pregnancy after finding out that she was expecting a girl.

Megha Kaveri
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A 28-year-old woman died in Usilampatti near Madurai after an unsafe abortion was performed on her by an attendant of a private hospital on Saturday. The police have arrested the attendant, identified as Jayalakshmi.

According to police sources, the woman, Ramuthayi, lived in Peraiyur taluk in Madurai district with her husband Ramar and their three daughters. Ramuthayi was seven months into her fourth pregnancy and visited a private hospital in the town for her routine medical check-ups. It was there that she befriended Jayalakshmi.

Continued: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/botched-abortion-kills-28-year-old-woman-madurai-hospital-attendant-arrested-88600

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India – Cancer Patient Who Was Raped Seeks Abortion

India - Cancer Patient Who Was Raped Seeks Abortion

by Rosy Saquiera
Sep 13, 2018

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Wednesday constituted a medical board at JJ Hospital on a plea by an underage rape survivor, who is a cancer patient, to terminate her pregnancy, which is in the 24th week.

Continued: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/65790476.cms

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Abortion In India: A Right, A Choice Or Both?

Abortion In India: A Right, A Choice Or Both?

Posted by Stuti Srivastava
August 31, 2018

Many a time, I’ve uninhibitedly, at times vociferously, voiced my opinion in the pro-life versus pro-choice debate. When statistics, opinions, arguments fail, I go back to a classic tweet by noted science fiction writer, Patrick S. Tomlinson, which asks you to choose between saving a 5-year-old child and a 1,000 viable embryos in a fire. As expected, he never got a clear response to this question. While such discussions would be held at a very rudimentary level, whenever I’d think of several other factors, such as the woman’s age, family situation, financial means, and most importantly, her choice, I’d always rest comfortably on the pro-choice side of the debate without a second thought. Until one fine day, I googled some India stats and the bubble burst. The right to abortion in India (there is one, yes) does not remotely consider the idea of choice.

Continued: https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2018/08/abortion-in-india-a-right-a-choice-or-both/

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India – Board rejects abortion for teenager rape survivor

Board rejects abortion for teenager rape survivor

TNN | Aug 21, 2018

CHANDIGARHA medical board constituted on the directions of a local court has rejected a plea of a 15-year-old pregnant rape survivor to abort the foetus, citing the procedure would be dangerous for her life at this stage.

As the rape survivor is six months pregnant, abortion can have dangerous consequences at this stage, the board is learnt to have stated in its report. A doctor of the gynaecological department of Government Multi-specialty Hospital, Sector 16, submitted the report in a juvenile court. The accused is a juvenile.

Continued: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/board-rejects-abortion-for-teenager-rape-survivor/articleshow/65481008.cms

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India – 15-year-old rape survivor’s kin file abortion plea in court

15-year-old rape survivor's kin file abortion plea in court

Aug 15, 2018

CHANDIGARH: Four days after a minor boy was arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl and making her pregnant, her family on Tuesday moved a plea in Chandigarh district court seeking abortion. The court will hear the matter on Thursday.

The rape survivor is said to be more than 24-week pregnant and she can undergo abortion only after getting permission for the same from the court.

Continued: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/15-year-old-rape-survivors-kin-file-abortion-plea-in-court/articleshow/65410897.cms

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India – ‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

Swagata Yadavar
August 7, 2018

New Delhi: Abortion was legalised in India almost half a century ago, yet unsafe abortions – performed in unhygienic conditions by untrained providers – are the third largest cause of maternal death. Nearly 78% of the more than 15 million abortions conducted annually in India are outside of health facilities, giving rise to safety concerns. There is only one licensed provider for 224,000 women in rural areas.

India allows medical termination of a pregnancy of up to 20 weeks’ gestation to be conducted by a registered medical practitioner. There have been attempts to amend the act to expand the provider base to include nurses and non-allopathic medicine practitioners, and extend the deadline to 24 weeks from the current 20.

Continued: http://www.indiaspend.com/indiaspend-interviews/reduce-stigma-to-make-women-comfortable-accessing-safe-abortions-88950

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Uganda to conduct a study on abortion rates

Uganda to conduct a study on abortion rates
Findings will highlight deficiencies in safe abortion and post-abortion care services.

By Carol Natukunda
3rd August 2018

KAMPALA - Uganda is participating in cross-country studies on abortion and post-abortion care in Africa and Asia. Researchers seek to find out women’s knowledge of abortion methods and sources, the incidence of induced abortion, how women terminate pregnancies, and the extent of unsafe abortion.

In addition to direct questions on abortion, the female survey module includes questions about the respondents’ two closest friends and their experiences with abortion.

Continued: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1482722/uganda-conduct-study-abortion-rates

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South Asia: Prevalence of Unsafe Abortion

Prevalence of Unsafe Abortion

Aditi Aryal
Published July 30, 2018

Every day in India, 13 women die of unsafe abortions. It accounts for 10 to 12 per cent of total maternal deaths in Pakistan, and 7 per cent in Nepal. Unsafe abortions have increased three folds in the last decade in South Asia and this has become a pressing problem. These abortions are done without medical supervision, and include activities like inserting surgical devices or inapt herbs and spices or poison through the vaginal canal, consumption of non-OTC abortion pills without medical consultation, and perforation of the uterus. These methods are hazardous to the health of women as such abortions are performed by medically unqualified personnel and sometimes induced by the pregnant women on themselves and more often than not causes disability or worse, death.

Continued: https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2018/07/30/prevalence-of-unsafe-abortion/

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India – Unsafe abortion claims 13 lives daily

Unsafe abortion claims 13 lives daily

UNI
Updated: July 26th, 2018

Everyday 13 women die in India due to unsafe abortion related causes, including lack of access to trained abortion providers, lack of knowledge about the legality of abortion and availability of safe services, compounded by the social stigma and abortion.

It was stated during a Media Sensitization Workshop organised by Global Health Strategies here on ‘Ensuring reproductive justice in India : How do we make safe abortion services more accessible?’

Continued: http://www.orissapost.com/unsafe-abortion-claims-13-lives-daily/

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India – SC says abortion amounts to murder, rejects 20-year-old Mumbai woman’s plea

SC says abortion amounts to murder, rejects 20-year-old Mumbai woman’s plea

Ritika Jain
16 July, 2018

The petitioner, now over 25 weeks pregnant, had cited marital discord and a desire to end her marriage as grounds to seek an abortion.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday denied a 20-year-old woman permission to terminate her over-25-week pregnancy, suggesting that aborting a foetus amounted to murder.

Under Indian law, pregnancies older than 20 weeks can only be terminated if they pose a danger to the mother’s life, or are likely to culminate in serious physical or mental abnormalities in the child.

Continued: https://theprint.in/governance/sc-says-abortion-amounts-to-murder-rejects-20-year-old-mumbai-womans-plea/83524/

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