India: Abortion law to treat single women on par with married ones

Wednesday, 14 December 2016, Daily Pioneer

The Union Health Ministry has proposed to allow single women to opt for abortion in cases of unplanned pregnancies, a move aimed to increase their access to safe abortion and allow them to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.

The law allows abortion only in cases of married women and the Government’s approval will broaden the purview of legal abortion.

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Source: Daily Pioneer

India: Right to abort for unmarried women a boon

By Vaidehi
December 14, 2016, Afternoon Voice

Till now being in relation or having pregnancy for single woman was considered as taboo and it was treated as social stigma. Unsafe abortions have reached such epic proportions in the country that it was imperative to promote safe abortion services as a right of every woman, married or unmarried. Thousands of lives of women can be saved every year by ensuring the availability of abortion services as well as allocation of resources by the Government. In India, being a single woman has many challenges in itself. Recently, however government has made great amendments in abortion laws by rendering support and dignity to a single woman.

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Source: Afternoon Voice