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Prof. (Dr.) Manju Chhugani
Participating in the CAC Conclave was an enriching experience for me as I got the opportunity to engage and interact with experts from across India. The sessions at the conclave revolved around the women′s access to comprehensive abortion care services, abortion legality and strengthening access to safe abortion services..... Read More
Prof. (Dr.) Manju Chhugani
Anamika [name changed] is a 19-year old girl from Jharkhand who, like many girls of her age, fell in love with a boy in her acquaintance. And like most young people in their teens, they began exploring the idea of physical intimacy and soon enough, Anamika noticed that she had missed her periods. After ignoring it for some time, she took a pregnancy test only to find that she was pregnant, and her boyfriend refused to take responsibility..... Read More
Prof. (Dr.) Manju Chhugani
I am a medical professional. I got married in 2004 and although my husband was using protection, I got pregnant in August 2005. I was 26 years old at that time. I was looking for a job and my husband too was settling in his new work. At the same time, both of us were getting used to our new life together as a married couple. We discussed the pregnancy at length and agreed that we were not prepared in any way to start a family..... Read More
Prof. (Dr.) Manju Chhugani
India legalized abortion almost half a century ago in 1971, however, the availability, access of awareness around is extremely low. Abortion is unarguably not just a medical procedure but is an issue intertwined with socio-politico-legal aspects. From a public health perspective, safe abortion is of paramount importance considering 'unsafe abortions' remain one of the leading preventable causes of maternal mortality..... Read More
Prof. (Dr.) Manju Chhugani
India's maternal mortality rate is declining faster than the global target, and the government's aim is to bring it down to 100 by 2020. Although the decline of maternal mortality rate has come manifolds even faster (65%) than the global decline (35%), however, India still contributes one fifth of the maternal death globally. Unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal deaths in the country, contributing eight percent of all such deaths annually..... Read More
Prof. (Dr.) Manju Chhugani
Abortion is a topic which is discussed in hushed tones despite abortion being legal in our country for over five decades. Majority of people are unaware of the legality, complications, magnitude of unsafe abortion. This ignorance is present across socio-economic, educational and geographic backgrounds. There is a great need to spread awareness about women's needs, and their reproductive rights. The stigma attached to the subject must be done away with..... Read More
Prof. (Dr.) Manju Chhugani
Dr. Asha Bajpai, Professor, TISS, made a compelling presentation at the Second CAC Conclave titled 'Expanding the Discourse on Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) in India', on July 10 -11, 2017 in New Delhi on Abortion Rights of women with Vulnerabilities.
Her presentation focussed on the fact that in practice, legal provisions allowing abortion are often not implemented even if women meet the criteria imposed by the law for abortion especially for vulnerable women..... Read More