The stigma around abortion restricting woman from safe abortions
Why can't Indian Society normalize abortion instead of making it a discussion of morals and pride? The stigma around abortion restricting woman from safe abortions
Abortion - Abortion can be simply defined as the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. Where the mechanism is terminating the pregnancy, there can be so many reasons, why a person chooses abortion.
While these are all good enough reasons, for which a woman should be free to choose if she wants a pregnancy or not, the societal stigma around abortion puts an added pressure on a woman with the idea that she is 'killing' her own child.
The two common stigmas around marriage arise with the fact that a woman is married or not.
- For an unmarried woman, pregnancy is a huge question on her character. Firstly, she is questioned about being sexually active before marriage, then judged for not using birth control (irrespective of the fact that birth controllers can also fail at times), and then, if she chooses to abort, she is put on the pedestal, where her morality will be tested.
- For a Married woman, the situation is even worst. If a woman is pregnant, marriage is always and always treated as good news. This is something that the Indian Society has fixed as a default thing. There is no decent consideration to the fact that the couple wants it, or the woman wants it or not, are they in a stable mental, physical and financial status to hold on to pregnancy or not. If a married woman gets pregnant, she is deemed to take the pregnancy forward, because of course, it will make their family complete.
So, what should be done to normalize abortion-
Stopping morally policing a woman for aborting their child --There is nothing good or bad about the idea of abortion. Abortion is just a matter of choice, a child bearer or a couple should be making if they feel like the pregnancy is unwanted.
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