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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Government doctors are being trained to help women in India get safe and legal abortions

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Government doctors are being trained to help women in India get safe and legal abortions
The Comprehensive Abortion Care programme is training doctors in abortion laws, medical and surgical abortion procedures, and how to counsel women.

Nov 8, 2017
Jyotsna Singh

On a busy Monday morning in June, Dr Gopal Krishna was suddenly summoned to the emergency ward of Vani Vilas Women and Children Hospital in Bengaluru where he works. He had been called to attend to Beena Kumari (name changed), a 23-year-old woman who had been admitted with profuse vaginal bleeding.

Kumari had earlier taken medicines to induce an abortion – pills of misoprostol and mifepristone that are sold at pharmacies as Medical Termination of Pregnancy kits to terminate early pregnancies. Misoprostol and mifepristone fall under Schedule H of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, which means that they can only be sold against a prescription from a registered medical practitioner. But Kumari took the pills on the direction of the pharmacist.

Continued at source: https://scroll.in/pulse/857044/government-doctors-are-being-trained-to-help-women-in-india-get-safe-and-legal-abortions

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India: In a first, HC OKs abortion of 25-week fetus

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In a first, HC OKs abortion of 25-week fetus
Swati Deshpande | TNN | Nov 7, 2017

MUMBAI: Less than a month after the Supreme Court said women could directly approach the high courts for termination beyond 20 weeks of pregnancies with foetal abnormalities, the Bombay high court on Monday for the first time granted permission to a 28-year-old who is over 25 weeks pregnant.

Mumbai's Priti Rawal moved court last Friday when she was over 22 weeks pregnant, saying her fetus had multiple neurological and skeletal abnormalities, which reduced its survival chances at birth.

Continued at source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/in-a-first-hc-oks-abortion-of-25-week-fetus/articleshow/61538357.cms

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India: Supreme Court upholds woman’s right to abort

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Supreme Court upholds woman's right to abort
Dhananjay Mahapatra | TNN
Updated: Oct 28, 2017

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has dismissed a man's petition seeking damages from his estranged wife for undergoing abortion without his consent, and ruled that an adult woman had an unimpeachable right to give birth or terminate pregnancy.

Terming the abortion, to which he had objected, "illegal", the husband had also demanded compensation from the woman's parents and brother, and two doctors. The Punjab and Haryana high court had dismissed the husband's plea saying termination of pregnancy was the sole prerogative of the woman .

Continued at source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/supreme-court-upholds-womans-right-to-abort/articleshow/61281331.cms

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Women’s bodies are under attack: The alarming reality of reproductive rights in India and the US

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Women’s bodies are under attack: The alarming reality of reproductive rights in India and the US

Written by Sophie Cousins
September 12, 2017 Quartz india

Outside, the mid-morning heat is stifling. It’s not humid like the bustling metropolises of Mumbai or Kolkata; here in New Delhi, it’s a dry heat, the type of heat that exhausts you, made worse by a thick layer of dust which sticks to your face and stings your eyes.

At the maternity ward inside the hospital at Jamia Hamdard University, all the metal gurneys are taken, some with sheets, some without.

Continued: https://qz.com/1073136/abortion-contraception-pregnancy-how-womens-bodies-became-a-battlezon/

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India: Woman undergoes abortion in 30th week of pregnancy at JJ hospital

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Woman undergoes abortion in 30th week of pregnancy at JJ hospital

Woman’s foetus had been diagnosed with multiple congenital defects. The newborn, weighing 900 gms, survived for a few minutes after birth before succumbing to multiple complications.

Written by ​TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA | Mumbai
Published: September 12, 2017

WITH the judiciary emerging as the only avenue for pregnant women over 20 weeks in gestation whose foetuses are diagnosed with an anomaly, the city is seeing a rise in the number of petitions seeking medical termination of pregnancy filed in the apex court. In the latest case, a Dubai-based pregnant woman, detected with several anomalies in her foetus, underwent an emergency pregnancy termination at JJ Hospital on Monday following Supreme Court orders.

Continued at source: Indian Woman undergoes abortion in 30th week of pregnancy at JJ hospital

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India: Solapur Abortion ‘Racket’: Doctor-couple had no permission to conduct abortions, kept poor record

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Solapur Abortion ‘Racket’: Doctor-couple had no permission to conduct abortions, kept poor record
Police recover 2 dead foetuses, send them for DNA analysis to confirm gender

Written by ​TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA | Mumbai
Published:September 10, 2017

Investigations into the alleged abortion racket in Solapur’s Akluj area where a doctor couple has been arrested showed that while their maternity home had permission to conduct sonography and deliveries, it was never registered to conduct abortions. Of 36 abortions conducted in a span of 18 months at Siya Maternity home, the couple conducted sex determination in at least five but maintained poor or no records, investigations revealed.

Continued at source: Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/solapur-abortion-racket-doctor-couple-had-no-permission-to-conduct-abortions-kept-poor-record-4836458/

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India: Two days after SC allowed abortion, 13-year-old Mumbai rape survivor delivers baby

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Two days after SC allowed abortion, 13-year-old Mumbai rape survivor delivers baby

The apex court had on Tuesday gave a go-ahead for abortion, observing the minor was under mental trauma and the risk of pregnancy was equal to the risk of abortion.

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Updated: September 8, 2017

Two days after the Supreme court permitted a 13-year-old rape survivor to terminate her 31-week pregnancy on medical grounds, the minor underwent a cesarean operation at JJ Hospital, Mumbai, and delivered a baby boy. The newborn is under neonatal intensive care unit and weighs 1.8 kg. “The baby is stable and will be under observation,” said Dr Ashok Anand, a gynaecologist at the hospital. The minor will remain in hospital for a week.

Continued at source: Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/two-days-after-sc-allowed-abortion-13-year-old-rape-survivor-delivers-baby-4834376/

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