Despite Being Legal Indian Women Don’t Have Access To Safe Abortion; Why?

June 17, 2022

The fact that abortion in India is legal under various circumstances is commendable. Legalising abortions means that women have access to safe abortions and do not have to resort to unsafe abortions or harmful at-home abortions. While the United States fights for the right to abortion, India has been taking steps towards more progressive abortion rights. So why aren’t more women in India having legal abortions and resorting to at-home abortions?

Abortion has been legal in India since 1971 through the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, yet it is still stigmatised and considered to be taboo.