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

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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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Inside Durban’s abortion abyss, shocking experiences

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Inside Durban's abortion abyss, shocking experiences

News / 1 July 2018
Bukeka Silekwa

DURBAN - Polka dot blankets and pillows line the pavement outside Addington Hospital’s health clinic where women waiting to have abortions lie curled up on the cold cement. It’s 2.30am, Wednesday, May 28.

Zinhle Gumede (not her real name) sits on the ground, her back to the brick wall. She’s huddled with two other women under a blanket: protection from the frigid winter sea air.

Continued: https://www.iol.co.za/sunday-tribune/news/inside-durbans-abortion-abyss-shocking-experiences-15770564

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Need to pay attention to India’s illegal abortions

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Need to pay attention to India’s illegal abortions

Over 75 per cent abortions estimated to occur in India annually are done bereft of health facilities and around 5-7 per cent abortions that are done outside licensed facilities use other methods that are possibly dangerous. The figure may be higher as non-institutionalised abortions cannot be recorded. The situation is even worse for single and divorced women and those living in rural regions, reports Subhangi Singh

By Tehelka
June 18, 2018

A dozen women are sitting around a lavish living room in Chandigarh, full of bubbling chatter and cocktail flutes. A gripping game called ‘Never Have I Ever’ is in full swing. Nina (name changed) raises her glass and declares, “Never have I ever had an abortion!” The room suddenly falls silent and everybody, except Nina, takes a sip from their respective glasses. It is a kitty party. Most of the women are married. The conversation invariably veers towards recurrent abortions in married and divorced women. Nina whispers that Shehnaz (name changed) tops the list as “she keeps having these abortions now and then.”

Continued: http://www.tehelka.com/need-to-pay-attention-to-indias-illegal-abortions/

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India – Allow non-allopathists to perform abortions

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Allow non-allopathists to perform abortions

Saturday, 02 June 2018
Vinoj Manning | in Oped

Despite abortion being legal in India for almost five decades, every day 10 women die and thousands more face serious and permanent injuries due to unsafe abortions. This is unacceptable. Unsafe abortion is the third largest cause of maternal mortality and accounts for eight per cent of all maternal deaths in India. A recent study conducted jointly by International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Population Council, New Delhi, and Guttmacher Institute, New York, estimates that only 22 per cent of the 1.5 crore abortions that occur in India every year take place at a private or public-sector facility and are performed by trained personnel.

The shortage of trained providers and concomitant lack of facilities offering safe abortion services are two of the key contributory causes of unsafe abortions. Unfortunately, the one policy action that could address this acute public health crisis is yet to be taken.

Continued: http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/allow-non-allopathists--to-perform-abortions.html

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India: When knowledge can be fatal

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When knowledge can be fatal
Thursday, 18 January 2018 | Swapna Majumdar | in Oped

It is disheartening that the courts have failed women in strengthening access to comprehensive abortion care. The country needs a gender-responsive justice system

The judiciary plays a key role in interpreting laws. On a sensitive issue like abortion, where policy and legal ambiguities exist, clarity provided by the court can ensure a woman's right to bodily integrity and autonomy. This is especially so when laws, like the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994 (PCPNDT Act) contradict provisions for safe abortions in the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act. Yet, a review of all judgements interpreting the MTP Act and other laws related to abortion till 2016 show that directives passed by three important Indian courts have perpetuated stereotypes of women seeking abortion.

Continued: http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/when-knowledge-can-be-fatal.html

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Indian women need better access to safe abortion practices

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Indian women need better access to safe abortion practices

Written By Nidhi Jamwal
Wednesday 27 December 2017

Finally, we have comprehensive and credible data on abortions in India. A one-of-its-kind study on abortion and unintended pregnancy, recently published in The Lancet, has estimated that 15.6 million abortions occurred in India in 2015. This is more than double the previous (2004) estimate of 6.4 million annual abortions in the country, of which one-third were ‘informal’ or performed by medically unqualified people.

The recent study has put together robust data to show that 81 per cent abortions are medication abortions, ie, termination of pregnancy using medical abortion drugs. Only 2.2 million, or 14 per cent, abortions are performed surgically, whereas the remaining five per cent abortions are ‘probably unsafe’.

Continued at source: http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column-indian-women-need-better-access-to-safe-abortion-practices-2570774

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Safe abortions: Why India needs more trained providers

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Safe abortions: Why India needs more trained providers
Botched procedures kill 10 women every day; abortion deaths currently account for 8% of India’s 44,000 annual maternal fatalities.

Nov 25, 2017
Sanchita Sharma, Hindustan Times

One in four pregnancies worldwide ends in an abortion, which can be a very risky procedure if botched by an untrained provider. Yet, close to half of all abortions done worldwide are unsafe, killing 47,000 women and disabling another 5 million every year.

Of the 55.7 million abortions that occurred worldwide each year between 2010 and 2014, the most recent period for which data are available, only 30.6 million (54.9%) were safe, found a review of data from 182 countries. Of the 25.1 million unsafe abortions, 17.1 million were less safe and 8 million very unsafe, found a study published in The Lancet in September.

Continued at source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/safe-abortions-why-india-needs-more-trained-providers/story-PVXmYCEeGZiFSDxAdiCwPP.html

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India: 56% Abortions Unsafe Despite Being Legal; Proposed Amendments On Hold

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56% Abortions Unsafe Despite Being Legal; Proposed Amendments On Hold
Shaifali Agrawal, November 22, 2017

Niketa Mehta was in the 24th week of her pregnancy when a test revealed substantial abnormalities in the foetus’ heart that posed a risk to its survival. Mehta decided to abort, but found herself restrained by the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, which prohibits abortion of a foetus older than 20 weeks, except when “immediately necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman”.

Mehta’s obstetrician sought judicial authorisation (Nikhil Datar v. Union of India) from the Bombay High Court, saying Mehta did not want to give birth to a severely disabled infant and witness its suffering. The court refused, saying the issue was of future health risks to the unborn child, and not to the mother.

Continued at source: http://www.indiaspend.com/cover-story/56-abortions-unsafe-despite-being-legal-proposed-amendments-on-hold-42620

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India: Attitudes to abortion putting women at risk of exploitation

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Attitudes to abortion putting women at risk of exploitation
Though abortions are legal in India, lack of transparency, social taboos and limited awareness are big hurdles for women with unwanted pregnancies

Soumya Gupta and Isha Trivedi
Nov 18, 2017

Mumbai: “Doctor? I never went to a doctor for an abortion,” says the 29-year-old, an advertising industry executive based in New Delhi, who discovered in 2009 that she was pregnant.

Her landlady had told her that pills are available in the market for inducing an abortion and she headed to Delhi’s government-run Safdarjung Hospital and asked for help at the pharmacy.

Continued at source: http://www.livemint.com/Science/Ug7l9ukXqIYZwgWcvhpTQJ/Attitudes-to-abortion-putting-women-at-risk-of-exploitation.html

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Abortion comes at a steep price in India

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Abortion comes at a steep price in India
Strict law on drugs coupled with social stigma associated with termination of pregnancies have left women seeking abortions vulnerable to exploitation

Soumya GuptaIsha Trivedi
Nov 10, 2017

Mumbai: “You can pay for the ultrasound by card, but the procedure will be Rs4,500 in cash. Please come after my clinic hours, I will give you the pills.” This is what a gynaecologist in South Mumbai told a young, unmarried media professional, who was six weeks pregnant.

This was the second gynaecologist that the woman, who wanted to get an abortion, was consulting after the first demanded Rs10,000 for the procedure.

Continued at source: http://www.livemint.com/Science/a5QMsT48DwglFGzgIzIQ6H/Abortion-comes-at-a-steep-price-in-India.html

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