Health Ministry proposes allowing abortion for unmarried woman in case of contraceptive failure

The Ministry in its recommendations for amending the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act has said a woman opting for abortion irrespective of whether she is married or single, should be given the choice.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 12, 2016 7:24 pm
abortion, abortion law, unmarried woman abortion, unmarried woman, contraceptive failure, woman abort, woman abortion, abortion law, sex abortion law, sex abortion, pregnancy termination, india news, india news, indian express At present, the law recognises failure of contraceptive as a legal reason for abortion only if the woman is married.

Failure of contraceptive will be a lawful reason for abortion irrespective of whether the woman is married or otherwise, if a Health Ministry recommendation gets necessary Cabinet and Parliamentary nod. The Ministry in its recommendations for amending the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act has said a woman opting for abortion irrespective of whether she is married or single, should be given the choice.

“We are very keen to push these amendments. We have done all due consultations with various stakeholders. We have said any woman who wants an abortion, whether she is single or married, can opt for it,” a senior Health Ministry official said. He said the Cabinet note regarding this has been prepared by the Ministry which will be taken up shortly.

At present, the law recognises failure of contraceptive as a legal reason for abortion only if the woman is married. The official said a lot of maternal deaths occur due to improper abortions by untrained people. The ministry has also recommended allowing homeopaths, nurses and midwives to conduct non-invasive abortions with training. “We have also recommended that we will expand the base and include Auxiliary Nursing Midwife (ANM) as well as doctors practising AYUSH like homeopathy and other traditional medicines,” another official said.

Sources said the Ministry is “very keen” to push for the amendments as it will also bring a lot of relief to single women who want to terminate pregnancy in a legal manner. Sources said once the amendments is passed in the Parliament, the ministry will elaborate on implementation of the law by notifying rules. The proposed amendments also include extending the gestation period from 20 weeks to 24 weeks.

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    Hh idom
    Dec 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm
    This is an attempt to allow non-allopath doctors to do abortion. With devastating effects on future girl child ratio. Ambedkar wrote the original law, in which a woman may undergo abortion for any reason, she doesn't even have to give a reason, it's her body, her life. This is what you get when you vote in a government of illiterates
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    Suraj
    Dec 12, 2016 at 2:33 pm
    I thought women already had right on their body. Why should government dictate what a women can or cannot do with her own body.
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    William Henry
    Dec 12, 2016 at 3:05 pm
    Yes, so, if she decides to eject a female child off her body it must be perfectly acceptable.
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    Rita Joseph
    Dec 12, 2016 at 8:46 pm
    It's not just "her" body—in every pregnancy there is another body, an active little body, a tiny daughter or son, a tiny somebody, deserving a mother’s protection, a father’s protection and the protection of the law. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A mother's unborn child is already here, already in existence, being protected and nurtured in her/his mother's womb.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Genuine medicine does no deliberate harm to a distressed mother or her little unborn daughter or son.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Violence against children is never 'necessary'. All violence against children is preventable. Before as well as after birth, children should never receive less protection than adults. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Their mothers' personal and social needs can and should be met by non-violent means.
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