Abortion in India – still not a right but a privilege

BY MEENAZ KAKALIA
MAY 3, 2021

Critiquing the recently passed Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Act, 2021, MEENAZ KAKALIA draws on trends in previous judicial decisions and her own personal experience as an advocate who has filed several petitions on behalf of women seeking termination of their pregnancies beyond the prescribed period. She explains why medical boards that have now been made a permanent feature of the Act, are problematic, and recommends that abortions should be made a right for women, solely determined by expectant mothers on the basis of informed consent.

THE Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Act, 2021 received Presidential Assent on 25th March 2021. The Act amends the original enactment of 1971 to increase the number of weeks within which a woman can terminate her pregnancy, and provides for certain circumstances in which a pregnancy can be terminated at any stage.

Continued: https://www.theleaflet.in/abortion-in-india-still-not-a-right-but-a-privilege/


Amended Abortion Law Still Gives Doctors, Not Women, The Final Say

The amended abortion law has allowed termination of pregnancy up to 24 weeks but with a medical board's approval. Abortion is still not available on demand and a woman's agency is not recognised

By Akshita Nagpal
27 April, 2021

New Delhi: The terms for abortion have been liberalised in India after an amended law received the President's assent on March 25, 2021. But gender and reproductive rights activists are disappointed that the law still does not recognise abortion as a woman's choice that can be sought on-demand, as is the practice in 73 countries.

These are the key changes that the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP Amendment) Act, 2021, has brought in:

Continued: https://www.indiaspend.com/gendercheck/amended-abortion-law-still-gives-doctors-not-women-the-final-say-744747


India – SCB MCH to examine minor rape survivor’s health for abortion

The case was referred for abortion by the district headquarters hospital at Puri to the SCB MCH on March 26, 2021, noting in the referral sheet that her pregnancy was 21 weeks old.

Published: 12th April 2021
Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR:  Acting on a petition by the father of a 14-year-old rape survivor who is 23 weeks pregnant, for medical termination of her pregnancy, a division bench of Orissa High Court recently asked the Superintendent of SCB Medical College and Hospital to examine her condition.

The case was referred for abortion by the
district headquarters hospital at Puri to the SCB MCH on March 26, 2021, noting
in the referral sheet that her pregnancy was 21 weeks old.

Continued: https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2021/apr/12/scb-mch-to-examine-minor-rape-survivors-health-for-abortion-2288965.html


Abortion and the right to choice: Is MTP (Amendment) Act 2021 a breakthrough for India?

Gayatri Vinayak
Mon., April 5, 2021

Rajya Sabha recently passed a bill to allow abortions of up to 24 weeks for special categories of women, up from the existing 20 weeks gestation period.

Under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill 2021, which amends the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, special categories of women, including victims of incest, rape victims, minors and differently-abled women, will be allowed to undergo abortion till 24 weeks.

Continued: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/abortion-and-the-right-to-choice-is-mtp-amendment-act-2021-a-breakthrough-for-india-112220154.html


India – Set up board to look into plea on abortion, says HC

STAFF REPORTER, NEW DELHI
MARCH 31, 2021

The Delhi High Court has directed the All India Institute Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to constitute a medical board to examine a woman who wanted medical termination of her 24-week pregnancy as her foetus is suffering from facial haemorrhage and hydrocephalus.

Justice Navin Chawla asked the Medical Superintendent of AIIMS here to appoint a Board of Doctors to examine the woman and give a report on the advisability of her undergoing medical termination of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/set-up-board-to-look-into-plea-on-abortion-says-hc/article34201637.ece


India – Where is the medical technology in the latest MTP Bill 2020?

March 26, 2021 
Jasmine Lovely George

If you read closely the Objective of latest Amendment in the Medical Termination Bill, 2020 you would really think that this Bill had an intention of coming to terms with advancement in medical technology. But that’s not the case. At an age where people are trying to colonise Mars, how difficult would it be to make abortion lot more easier and simpler for women and pregnant folks?

The latest law just made accessing abortion little more difficult.

Continued: https://hiddenpocketscollective.org/2021/03/26/where-is-the-medical-technology-in-the-latest-mtp-bill-2020/


The New Abortion Rules Are Good. Here’s How To Make Them Better

The amendments to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy are welcome. But some gaps still need to be addressed.

Bhavani Giddu
21 March 2021

Rajya Sabha Passes Bill to Raise Upper Limit Of Abortions From The Present 20 weeks to 24

This week the Rajya Sabha passed a
much-needed amendment to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act of
1971. This new Bill ensures that women are provided access to safe and legal
abortion services on therapeutic, eugenic, and humanitarian grounds by allowing
MTPs for up to 20 - 24 weeks for special categories of women. While the
categories are not specified and are left to the States to decide, they are
expected to include survivors of rape, victims of incest and other vulnerable
women like the differently abled and minors.

Continued: https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/opinion-the-new-abortion-rules-are-good-heres-how-to-make-them-better/377848


India – Rajya Sabha Passed Amendments To MTP Act: Is It Progressive? What Are Its Limitations?

BHAVANI GIDDU
March 19, 2021

Amendments to MTP Act: This week the Rajya Sabha passed a much-needed amendment to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act of 1971.  This new Bill ensures that women are provided access to safe and legal abortion services on therapeutic, eugenic, and humanitarian grounds by allowing MTPs for up to 20 – 24 weeks for special categories of women.

While the categories are not specified and are left to the states to decide, they are expected to include survivors of rape, victims of incest and other vulnerable women like the differently abled and minors.  Some other features of this progressive Bill are:

Continued: https://www.shethepeople.tv/top-stories/opinion/rs-amendments-to-mtp-act/


India – How changes to pregnancy termination bill give women better options for abortion

The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, passed by Rajya Sabha, allows abortion between 20 to 24 weeks for 'certain categories of women' with the assent of two doctors.

ANGANA CHAKRABARTI
18 March, 2021

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha Tuesday passed a bill that allows abortion for up to 24 weeks “for special categories of women”, from the existing gestation period of 20 weeks.

The bill amends the current Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, which states that abortion within 12 weeks requires the opinion of one doctor and between 12 to 20 weeks will require the opinion of two doctors.

Continued: https://theprint.in/theprint-essential/how-changes-to-pregnancy-termination-bill-give-women-better-options-for-abortion/623626/


India – Parliament passes bill to increase upper limit for abortions: Why access to safe abortion is essential?

At present, women seeking abortion require mandatory opinion of one doctor if it is done within 12 weeks of conception and two doctors if it is done between 12 and 20 weeks.

By: Longjam Dineshwori  
Updated: March 17, 2021

The Parliament has finally passed The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which increases the upper limit for abortions from 20 to 24 weeks for certain categories of women, and removes limits in the case of substantial foetal abnormalities. The bill was passed on Tuesday with the Rajya Sabha approving the chances, despite majority of the opposition members demanding that the bill should be sent to select committee as it lacks privacy clause. However, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan informed the Parliament that nobody opposed the bill and once enacted, it will reduce the trauma and suffering of women. Mention may be made that the Lok Sabha had passed the bill in March last year.

Continued: https://www.thehealthsite.com/pregnancy/parliament-passes-bill-to-increase-upper-limit-for-abortions-heres-why-women-need-access-to-safe-abortion-802006/