10 Women in India Die Each Day Due to Unsafe Abortion

According to research published in India Today, more than 80 percent of women do not know that abortion is legal in India.

Newsx Bureau
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.

Continued: https://www.newsx.com/health-and-environment/10-women-in-india-die-each-day-due-to-unsafe-abortion.html

India – Allahabad High Court Permits Minor Rape Victim To Terminate 20 Weeks Pregnancy

Aaratrika Bhaumik
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.

Continued: https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/allahabad-high-court-minor-rape-victim-medical-termination-pregnancy-20-weeks-178087

India – Two women detained for ‘illegal abortion’

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.

Continued: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/two-women-detained-for-illegal-abortion-7412808/

Mahisagar: Police launch probe after video of illegal abortion surfaces

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.

Continued: https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/baroda/mahisagar-police-launch-probe-after-video-of-illegal-abortion-surfaces-7409928/

India – Two held for illegally selling abortion kits

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

Updated: July
12, 2021

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.

Continued: https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/two-held-for-illegally-selling-abortion-kits-7399953/

Abortion in Case of Unmarried Women in India – Everything That You Need To Know

The choice for abortion is not 'equal' for all women in India; the unmarried ones bear the maximum brunt.


"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.

Continued: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/abortion-case-unmarried-women-india-everything-you-need-know-152027

India – Woman survives botched abortion of female foetus

The surgery was carried out by a quack

JUNE 16, 2021

Vijayapura police have booked a man and his associates for causing injury to his wife by forcefully aborting her foetus because he did not want a girl child.

Vijayalakshmi Hadapad suffered blood loss during surgery by a quack. She is now recuperating in a private clinic.

Continued: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/woman-survives-botched-abortion-of-female-foetus/article34831843.ece

Poor Access to Safe Abortions Is Killing South Asian Women

Even in countries where abortion is legal, access to safe abortions remains challenging

By Bansari Kamdar
June 15, 2021

One in every four maternal deaths around the world happens in South Asia. Lack of access to safe and legal abortions and contraceptives is a leading reason for the region’s high maternal mortality rate. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), less than half the abortions in South and Central Asia were safe.

In Bhutan, which has a 1.4 percent case fatality rate, one of the main reasons for maternal mortality is abortion complications. Section 146 of Bhutan’s Penal Code legalizes abortion only if it is to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy resulted from incest and rape or the mother is not of sound mental condition. Denied access to safe abortion, many Bhutanese women cross the border to neighboring India, where abortion, while legal on most grounds, remains dangerous.

Continued: https://thediplomat.com/2021/06/poor-access-to-safe-abortions-is-killing-south-asian-women/

India – Eight Booked For Illegal Sale Of Abortion Kits, Narcotics

Ahmedabad Mirror 

In its crackdown against illegal sale of abortion kits and narcotics, the Food and Drug Control Administration has booked eight persons allegedly involved in the activity.

The FDCA said Ahmedabad resident Pintu Shah was involved in online sale of abortion kits without authorisation. In the last one year, he allegedly sold more than 800 kits online.

Continued: https://ahmedabadmirror.com/fdca-crackdown-eight-booked-for-illegal-sale-of-abortion-kits-narcotics/81801353.html