India – Why simply legalising abortion is not enough

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Why simply legalising abortion is not enough
Governments need to pay equal attention to the safety of abortions, sex education and counselling, and varied problems faced by new borns of single mothers and the mothers

Jagriti Gangopadhyay
Saturday 30 June 2018

Recently, Ireland voted to legalise abortion after decades of debate and struggle. The law received international attention in the wake of the demise of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian dentist practising in Ireland, who was denied abortion while experiencing a septic miscarriage. Ireland’s victory is being celebrated all across the world, however, the question remains: is it enough to legalise abortion?

Though abortion has been legal in India for the last 47 years, about 10 women die every day due to unsafe abortions. Unsafe abortion is the third leading cause for maternal deaths in India. The law that governs abortion in the country is the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.

Continued: http://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/why-simply-legalising-abortion-is-not-enough-60866

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10-year-old Indian rape victim gives birth after a court denies her request for an abortion

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10-year-old Indian rape victim gives birth after a court denies her request for an abortion

By Derek Hawkins
August 17, 2017

India is home to the world’s largest population of sexually abused children, according to the BBC. (Kevin Frayer/AP)

A 10-year-old Indian girl whose parents say she was raped and impregnated by her uncle has reportedly given birth after a court rejected her request for an abortion last month.

Doctors at the Government Medical College and Hospital in the northern city of Chandigarh delivered a baby girl through a Caesarean section Thursday morning, the Indian Express and the BBC reported.

Continued at link: Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/08/17/10-year-old-indian-rape-victim-gives-birth-after-a-court-denies-her-an-abortion/

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India: PM Modi looks into botched up abortion

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PM Modi looks into botched up abortion

THE ASIAN AGE. | TEENA THACKER
Published : May 28, 2017

New Delhi: The recent incident of a 26-year-old woman dying during a botched up termination of pregnancy has caught the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM has sought a report from the Centre on the matter, with a mandate to the Union health ministry to strengthen the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act and Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.

The police in March had arrested a homeopath, Dr Babasaheb Khidrapure, who ran an illicit abortion racket in the Mhaisal village, Maharashtra, after the discovery of as many as 19 aborted female foetuses dumped in a sewer.

Continued at source: Asian Age: http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/280517/pm-modi-looks-into-botched-up-abortion.html

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India’s abortion wars

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India’s abortion wars
DECCAN CHRONICLE
SAROJINI NADIMPALLY, DEEPA VENKTACHALAM, SNEHA BANERJEE
Published Apr 16, 2017

A woman must have the right to decide whether she wants to continue a pregnancy or not. A woman’s decision about her own body is supreme.

Across the world, abortion debates are usually cast as a battle between “choice” and “life”. Some argue that a woman’s decision about her own body is paramount, while others opine it’s the question of a developing living being’s life.

In September 2016, the Bombay High Court in response to public interest litigation (PIL) ruled: “Pregnancy has profound effects on a woman’s health and life. Thus, how she wants to deal with this pregnancy must be a decision she alone can make. Let us not lose sight of the basic right of women: the right to decide what to do with their bodies, including whether or not to get pregnant and stay pregnant”.

Continued at source: Deccan Chronicle: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/opinion/op-ed/160417/indias-abortion-wars.html

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Abortion Laws in India – a Review of Court Cases

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Abortion Laws in India - a Review of Court Cases
February 1, 2017

This report aims to clarify provisions of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, to highlight contradictions and gaps in the MTP Act and related laws, including the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act, and to examine the implications of the language and legal conclusions in abortion judgments.

The report examines issues in implementing the MTP Act and provides summaries of key Supreme Court, High Court, and District Court judgments on various themes including consent; human rights; protection of MTP/CAC providers who follow the mandates of the law; and international interpretation of obligations to provide access to safe abortion services.

Continued at source: Ipas Development Foundation: http://ipasdevelopmentfoundation.org/publications/abortion-laws-in-india-a-review-of-court-cases.html

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India: No guidelines on abortion after 20 weeks disappointing: Mumbai doctors

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No guidelines on abortion after 20 weeks disappointing: Mumbai doctors
Updated: Jan 17, 2017
Aayushi Pratap
Hindustan Times

Doctors said the present law does not have provision for cases in which unborn babies are diagnosed with cardiac problems as they can be picked up only after 20 weeks of pregnancy. (Pic for Representation)

Doctors in the city are disappointed that the Supreme Court’s judgment on abortion did not include a permanent mechanism for future cases in which women seek an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a 24-weeks pregnant Dombivli resident to abort her foetus that has a rare birth defect.

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Source, Hindustan Times: http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/no-guidelines-on-abortion-after-20-weeks-disappointing-mumbai-doctors/story-LGu9JgCV8GYk8U6GGUNA0N.html

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