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New abortion rules recognise minors as vulnerable, seek to make services more accessible to them

The new abortion rules notified by the Government recently recognise minors as a vulnerable category and seek to make services more accessible to them. But social stigma and conflict with POCSO Act, 2012, or the law against child sexual abuse, pose hurdles.
October 30, 2021

Source : The Hindu

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The Urgent Need to Normalize Abortions in India

I am a married woman in my late-30s and have had a spontaneous abortion many years ago. It was a wanted pregnancy, and it just didn’t go through its complete term. I was told not to talk about it – it is not good for people to know that you have problems conceiving or carrying a pregnancy. That experience changed my life - it reiterated to me the burden to prove fertility that women in India (and maybe across the world) carry, and it brought to life some stories I had heard about the traumatic experiences of terminating a pregnancy (although mine was for very specific medical reasons).
October 19, 2021

Source : mid-day

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Supreme Court’s abortion ruling brings focus back on proposed amendments to MTP Act

The Supreme Court's verdict allowing a woman from Mumbai to abort her 24-week pregnancy for abnormality of the fetus that could endanger her life has brought focus back on the proposed amendments to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971. "The proposed changes to the Act will save such women from going to court and hence, a delay in abortion, mental trauma as well as huge expenses," says Vinoj Manning, Executive Director, Ipas Development Foundation (IDF), an NGO that works on increasing women's access to comprehensive abortion care in India.
January 17, 2017

Source : The Times of India

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Let us remove all doubts: Reproductive rights are essential

Women have been the worst sufferers of Covid-19 due to multiple reasons. The pandemic warrants a reminder that reproductive rights are human rights – they are essential and urgent   It may not be wrong to say that human rights were introduced in India right back in 1950 with the development of the Constitution of our country. The human rights movement has seen rapid progress and success, and many national programs and mechanisms have been introduced to complement the growing recognition of an individual’s rights. Reproductive rights continue to be ambiguous in the Indian context. While the importance of the rights of both men and women to choose and control their own reproductive functions has gained prominence, the introduction of this concept is especially complicated in India given the complex social structures – procreation is often seen as a social expectation and an individual’s rights are overlooked.
December 10, 2020

Source : The Times of India

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Allow non-allopathists to perform abortions (Vinoj Manning)

Despite abortion being legal in India for almost five decades, every day 10 women die and thousands more face serious and permanent injuries due to unsafe abortions. This is unacceptable. Unsafe abortion is the third largest cause of maternal mortality and accounts for eight per cent of all maternal deaths in India. A recent study conducted jointly by International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Population Council, New Delhi, and Guttmacher Institute, New York, estimates that only 22 per cent of the 1.5 crore abortions that occur in India every year take place at a private or public-sector facility and are performed by trained personnel. The shortage of trained providers and concomitant lack of facilities offering safe abortion services are two of the key contributory causes of unsafe abortions. Unfortunately, the one policy action that could address this acute public health crisis is yet to be taken.
February 8, 2019

Source : The Pioneer

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Abortions in city rise 5%, health experts dub it a ‘positive’ trend

In order to strengthen the safe abortion services in the city as well as the state, the health & family welfare department has recently conducted training of its personnel. They will be ensuring that all due medical procedures are followed during the abortion process at different district hospitals and health centres. Authorities informed that the primary objectives of these centres is to provide safe, high quality services including abortion, family planning as well as post abortion counselling. AC Baishya, executive director at the National Health Mission (NHM), informed G Plus that safe abortions were already taking place in all district hospitals; however, the department has now taken additional steps to strengthen the practice.
February 8, 2019

Source : The Times of India

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Health Dept emphasises on Safe Abortions with Focus on Maternal Health

In order to strengthen the safe abortion services in the city as well as the state, the health & family welfare department has recently conducted training of its personnel. They will be ensuring that all due medical procedures are followed during the abortion process at different district hospitals and health centres. Authorities informed that the primary objectives of these centres is to provide safe, high quality services including abortion, family planning as well as post abortion counselling. AC Baishya, executive director at the National Health Mission (NHM), informed G Plus that safe abortions were already taking place in all district hospitals; however, the department has now taken additional steps to strengthen the practice.
February 8, 2019

Source : Guwahati Plus

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Assam: Safe abortion training for medical staff in districts

The state government is in the process of training medical officers and nursing staff on comprehensive abortion care in different districts to ensure women have access to safe abortion by trained medical staff. The state government has set up centers in 23 districts where 65 gynaecologists are engaged in imparting training to medical officers (MBBS doctors) and nursing staff. While doctors are being trained for 12 days, nurses have a shorter training duration of six day. So far, 426 doctors have been trained under this programme. Ipas Development Foundation, a global organization, is providing technical support to the state government in this initiative.
February 8, 2019

Source : The North East

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Statement by Ipas Development Foundation on International Women’s Day

India took the landmark step for legalizing induced abortion in the country with the fairly liberal Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 and placing us among 15 countries around the globe that had a liberal abortion law then. On International Women’s Day, we all need to join hands to make the commitments to women a reality.
March 5, 2018

Source : The Health Star

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73 Per Cent Women In India Take Their Pharmacist’s Help For Abortion: Study

Medical methods using the drugs recommended by the World Health Organization account for four in five abortions in India. Yet, they are not readily available at public health facilities and women have to resort to buying them from a chemist, the report said.   Vinoj Manning, Executive Director IPAS Development Foundation said, "While continuing the efforts to strengthen public and private health system to provide abortion care to women in line with the provisions of the law and national guidelines, we need to ensure that women who self-use MA have access to correct information and systems for supportive care including identifying danger signs, access to health facilities for post-abortion care (if required) and post-abortion contraception."
December 13, 2013

Source : NDTV

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