India: Health Ministry proposes allowing abortion for unmarried woman in case of contraceptive failure

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The Ministry in its recommendations for amending the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act has said a woman opting for abortion irrespective of whether she is married or single, should be given the choice.

By: PTI | New Delhi | December 12, 2016, Indian Express

Failure of contraceptive will be a lawful reason for abortion irrespective of whether the woman is married or otherwise, if a Health Ministry recommendation gets necessary Cabinet and Parliamentary nod. The Ministry in its recommendations for amending the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act has said a woman opting for abortion irrespective of whether she is married or single, should be given the choice.

“We are very keen to push these amendments. We have done all due consultations with various stakeholders. We have said any woman who wants an abortion, whether she is single or married, can opt for it,” a senior Health Ministry official said. He said the Cabinet note regarding this has been prepared by the Ministry which will be taken up shortly.

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Source: Indian Express