India’s abortion wars
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