Why 10 million Indian women secretly undergo abortions every year

Millions of women become pregnant because they lack access to contraceptive devices to limit or space their families, or are ignorant about them.

IANS| Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 15:40

By Charu Bahri

In 2008, Arti Chauhan (name changed to protect identity), mother of a 12-year-old girl, a 9-year-old boy and a 6-year old girl, became aware that two pills -- mifepristone and misoprostol -- could induce an abortion, a procedure she considered after getting pregnant when her boy was just a year old.

Chauhan, 28, wife of a daily wager in Rajasthan's Sirohi district, did not want another child so soon.

"A neighbour told me about the medicine," she said. "I bought it from the medical store for Rs 500. I aborted in 10 days. It was easy. It was much cheaper than having to pay for a surgical abortion." Three years earlier, Chauhan had paid Rs 2,000 to a private doctor in Abu Road for a surgical abortion.

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Source: The News Minute