According to research published in India Today, more than 80 percent of women do not know that abortion is legal in India.
29 July 2021
It is estimated that 15.6 million abortions take place in India every year. A
significant number of these abortions are done under highly unsafe conditions.
Unsafe abortion leads to the death of 13 women in India each day. It is the
third-largest cause of maternal mortality in India.
According to statistics from various reports
published on the WHO website:
- Between 2015 and 2019, on average, 73.3
million induced (safe and unsafe) abortions occurred worldwide each year.
- There were 39 induced abortions per 1000
women aged between 15–49 years.
- 3 out of 10 (29%) of all pregnancies,
and 6 out of 10 (61%) of all unintended pregnancies, ended in induced
- Around 7 million women are admitted to
hospitals every year in developing countries due to unsafe abortion.
The Daily Star in association with Team Associates and Marie Stopes Bangladesh organised an online discussion titled “World Population Day: Ensuring Choices and Rights” on July 8, 2021. Here we publish a summary of the discussion.
Wed Jul 28, 2021
Monjun Nahar, Lead, Advocacy and Communication, Marie Stopes Bangladesh
This year, the World Population Day focuses on comprehensive rights and choices on sexual and reproductive health. The theme itself refers to the global consensus that reproductive health rights are integral and indivisible parts of human rights. Particularly for women reproductive rights are deeply connected with their life and livelihood. The ability to take decisions about their sexual and reproductive health is a key indicator that women are in control of their own lives.
However, we are talking about rights and choices in a context where women have very little independence to take decision by herself. A woman's education, marriage, profession are mostly dependent on her family members.
24 July 2021
The Allahabad High Court on Friday allowed a minor rape victim to terminate a pregnancy of 20 weeks after due consultation with the Medical Board constituted by the Vice-Chancellor of King Georges Medical University, Lucknow (KGMU).
A Division bench comprising Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh was adjudicating upon a writ petition filed by the father of the minor seeking the Court's leave to have the pregnancy aborted by the Chief Medical Officer, Hardoi.
By: Express News Service | Vadodara |
Updated: July 20, 2021
The Mahisagar district police Monday nabbed two women seen in a video allegedly conducting a medical termination of pregnancy.
The police have detained the main accused, Kali Sangada, 41, who works as a nurse at a private hospital and was seen in the video allegedly performing the operation.
In the complaint to the police, CDHO Dr Swapnil Shah and Medical Superintendent Dr JK Patel said that during a visit to the house in order to investigate the video, the teams found two strips of a tablet that is allegedly used to induce an abortion.
By: Express News Service | Vadodara |
July 18, 2021
Accordingly, the Santrampur police station has begun an investigation into the case, lodging an FIR based on the sections cited in the letter from the district authorities.
The Mahisagar district police have launched a probe after a video surfaced showing a woman allegedly conducting a medical termination of pregnancy in her private residence with help of three other women.
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
July 18, 2021
NISHIO, Aichi Prefecture--A city government employee made a grisly discovery in shrubbery in a park here on June 2 last year.
Inside a plastic bag was the body of a baby boy with an umbilical cord still attached. The mother, 21, was arrested four days later.
Hyundai Pharm recently applied for marketing approval for Mifegymiso, an abortion pill, but the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) remained passive to accelerate the review process.
Industry watchers are questioning why the regulator has reversed its stance after promising accelerated approval for the drug.
The FDA suspects the kits were used to abort girl children in the region. Police said the FDA joint commissioner had received a tip-off Friday that abortion drugs were being bought and sold illegally without bill and prescription from a registered pharmacy, Balaji Chemist.
Written by Vallabh Ozarkar | Mumbai
Tulinj Police has arrested a chemist shop owner and his accomplice for
allegedly selling medical kits for abortion illegally.
The accused, Devendra Sharma, is the owner of a medical shop in Nallasopara
east, police said. His accomplice, Krishna Pande would supply the kits to
Sharma. They were caught by a team of Food and Drugs Administration officials
and the police Saturday with the medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) kits.
July 12, 2021
Ariyalur police on Sunday booked a woman nurse on charges of performing an illegal abortion on a woman, resulting in her death.
The choice for abortion is not 'equal' for all women in India; the unmarried ones bear the maximum brunt.
FRIDAY, JULY 09
"I was 21 and unmarried when I conceived my first child. My partner was not ready for marriage yet, and I was not ready to abort my child. I had no means to sustain our (me and my baby) lives. My parents rushed me to the nearby doctor and wanted me to say that I wanted the abortion. I had no say in making probably what was the biggest decision of my life. I did not know what to do, who to approach. I wish I knew how to stand for myself," says Urmila (name changed).
Very little is known or discussed on young Indian women who seek medical termination of pregnancy for unintended pregnancy. What is appalling is that not many women themselves know much about their legal rights or safety concerns regarding abortion.