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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ARMENIA – Sex selection banned

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ARMENIA – Sex selection banned
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Mar 2, 2018

Armenia, after China and Azerbaijan, is the third country in the world where we have the most abortions of female fetuses. According to the statistics, before a campaign to discourage the practice, between 110 and 120 boys were born for every 100 girls.

Pray to bear a son, they say. Abortions based on sex selection were prohibited in Armenia in 2016, because the sex ratio showed a considerable gap between men and women and was seen as a demographic threat. In spite of illegality, however, the practice persists.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/armenia-sex-selection-banned/

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Nepal: Sex selective abortion rampant

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Sex selective abortion rampant
Published: February 04, 2018

ANITA SHRESTHA
Kathmandu, Himalayan Times

Sex selective abortion is illegal and punishable as per the laws, but it has become rampant in recent years mainly due to parents’ preference for sons.

Sharada (name changed), a 28-year-old woman from Bhaktapur Sharada, has two daughters already and when she was expecting her third child she decided to go for sex selection mainly due to family pressure. For this, she along with her husband went to India and when they came to know that she had a baby girl in her womb, she decided to abort the three-week-old foetus.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/sex-selective-abortion-rampant/

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India: A Maharashtra committee wants to restrict access to all abortions – even legal ones

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A Maharashtra committee wants to restrict access to all abortions – even legal ones
The panel has suggested tracking pregnant women to prevent sex-selective abortions.

July 17, 2017
Priyanka Vora

A Maharashtra government committee investigating deaths in Sangli district allegedly linked to illegal abortions has recommended steps that will curtail access to legal terminations of pregnancy.

The Medical Termination of Pregnancy or MTP Act allows abortions for up to 20 weeks into a pregnancy. But one of the recommendation made by the committee is to restrict access to abortion pills, so that they are not used to conduct sex-selective abortions. Maharashtra has a skewed sex ratio with 883 girls for every 1,000 boys born, according to the 2011 census.

Continued at link: Scroll In: https://scroll.in/pulse/844023/a-maharashtra-committee-wants-to-restrict-access-to-even-all-abortions-even-legal-ones

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India: Cops’ sting unearths doc’s abortion racket

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Cops' sting unearths doc's abortion racket
TNN | Updated: Jun 7, 2017

KURAVI (MAHBUBABAD): The state government drive to encourage women to deliver babies at government hospitals resulted in the discovery of a long-running illegal sex-determination tests and abortion racket here.

According to inspector of Special Branch of police R Santosh, Dr R Srinivas of Swetha Nursing Home in the mandal headquarters here is suspected to have conducted nearly 300 illegal abortions of female foetuses in the last five months. The police said they suspect that he has been conducting such operations since 2013.

Continued at source: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/cops-sting-unearths-docs-abortion-racket/articleshow/59031074.cms

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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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India: Woman dies after ‘illegal’ abortion in Tumakuru

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Woman dies after ‘illegal’ abortion in Tumakuru
S. Bhuvaneshwari
Tumakuru March 26, 2017

A suspected illegal abortion attempt at the house of a retired nurse at Koratagere in Tumakuru district turned fatal with a 25-year-old woman dying owing to complications.

Radhamani, mother of three girls, died late on Friday night at Vani Vilas Hospital in Bengaluru, but the incident came to light only on Sunday, with the police and district health officers intensifying their investigation into the suspected abortion.

Radhamani allegedly wanted to abort the four-and-a-half month-old foetus “out of fear” that she would give birth to another girl, said family members.

Continued at link: The Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/woman-dies-after-illegal-abortion-in-tumakuru/article17668362.ece

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UK: Sex-selective abortions should be allowed, British Medical Association ethics expert says

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Sex-selective abortions should be allowed, British Medical Association ethics expert says
Telegraph Reporters

19 March 2017

Forcing pregnant women who do not want a child of one sex or the other to give birth could harm both the baby and the mother's mental health, a leading doctors' union member has said.

Prof Wendy Savage, a voting member of the British Medical Association Council, also said women should have the right to terminate a pregnancy at any stage.

Continued at source: The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/19/sex-selective-abortions-should-allowed-british-medical-association/

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India, Maharashtra: 19 Foetuses Found in Sangli District in Suspected Abortion Racket

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Maharashtra: 19 Foetuses Found in Sangli District in Suspected Abortion Racket
By The Wire Staff on 07/03/2017

Mumbai: On Tuesday, March 6, the police arrested a doctor couple, who were on the run, in connection to the 19 foetuses found dumped near a stream in a village in Sangli district of Maharashtra.

The Sangli police on March 5 found 19 foetuses dumped near a stream at Mhaisal village in Miraj block in Sangli. The foetuses were wrapped in plastic bags and were either in the process of decomposition or remains of flesh and bones.

The police came across this racket of illegal abortions while probing the death of a woman during an abortion at the private hospital of Dr Babasaheb Khidrapure, a homeopath. The foetuses have been sent to the government hospital in Miraj to determine if the foetuses are male or female.

Continued at source: The Wire: https://thewire.in/114678/maharashtra-sangli-district-abortion-female-foeticide/

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UK: CPS ‘blinded by political correctness’ dropped sex-selective abortion case, government aide reveals

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Hannah Summers, Camilla Turner, The Telegraph
11 November 2016

The Crown Prosecution Service failed to secure what could have been the first conviction for sex-selective abortion after dropping a case amid fears of "political correctness", a government aide has revealed.

Mandy Sanghera, a human rights activist who advises the government on how to tackle honour-based violence, told the Daily Telegraph how prosecutors failed to pursue a case involving an Asian woman whose family forced her to have an abortion, for fear of being labelled racist.

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Source: The Telegraph

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