India: A Maharashtra committee wants to restrict access to all abortions – even legal ones

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A Maharashtra committee wants to restrict access to all abortions – even legal ones
The panel has suggested tracking pregnant women to prevent sex-selective abortions.

July 17, 2017
Priyanka Vora

A Maharashtra government committee investigating deaths in Sangli district allegedly linked to illegal abortions has recommended steps that will curtail access to legal terminations of pregnancy.

The Medical Termination of Pregnancy or MTP Act allows abortions for up to 20 weeks into a pregnancy. But one of the recommendation made by the committee is to restrict access to abortion pills, so that they are not used to conduct sex-selective abortions. Maharashtra has a skewed sex ratio with 883 girls for every 1,000 boys born, according to the 2011 census.

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