India: The MTP Act 2014 makes safe abortion easier, it should be passed

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The MTP Act 2014 makes safe abortion easier, it should be passed

Given the fact that the basket of contraceptives that should be available to couples are not always accessible, abortion is one way a woman has control over her body and can deal with an unwanted pregnancy

Jul 22, 2017
Lalita Panicker
Hindustan Times

The figures are chilling – 10 women die every day from unsafe abortions making this the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India. Clearly, these are the result of back alley procedures owing to the fact, in part, that at least 80% of women don’t know that abortion is legal in India. And unfortunately, many doctors still tend to associate abortions with gender-based sex selection under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act, 1994, which is illegal. The very word abortion raises the hackles of the conservatives whether in Trump’s America or right here. It is somehow seen as encouraging promiscuity and in the Indian context sex selection.

Continued at source: Hindustan Times: http://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/the-mtp-act-2014-makes-safe-abortion-easier-it-should-be-passed/story-AbdzBcTLagR3I388Uh6tAL.html