How a girl's appeal changed the abortion law in India with the Supreme verdict
All women regardless of their marital status entitled to safe and legal abortion: Supreme Court's massive order on abortion law and marital rape
WHAT WAS THE GIRL'S CASE ABOUT?
The landmark verdict came in response to a petition by a 25-year-old woman unmarried woman who had appealed against a Delhi High Court order that ruled that she was not entitled to abortion under the Act as she was unmarried, resulting from a consensual relationship. The woman was 23 weeks into her pregnancy.
The woman considered abortion because her partner denied any responsibility and refused to marry her at the last moment.
The woman went to knock on the top court's doors after the Delhi High Court rejected her plea for an abortion.
HOW ABORTION LAWS LOOKED LIKE IN INDIA EARLIER?
Abortions have been legal in the country since 1971 and the system allowed for legal abortions under specific conditions. Over the years, authorities have made strict regulations for who can terminate a pregnancy because of the abortions of millions of female foetuses, leading to a terribly skewed gender ratio in the country. In India, there was a time when it became a tradition when Indians showed a preference for male children instead of daughters.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, abortion was legal in India under this act if it is processed in the span of 20 weeks (which would be approximately 5 months), and should have the blessing of a doctor. Also, it should be performed by a medical professional at a recognised medical institution.
67% OF ABORTIONS IN INDIA ARE UNSAFE, SAYS LATEST REPORT
Indian laws are said to be more progressive when compared to other countries. The report published by the United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) revealed that 67% of abortions in India are deemed unsafe.
'SEEING THE UNSEEN'
The report released a few months back was titled 'Seeing the Unseen: the case for action in the neglected crisis of unintended pregnancy, which also found that 121 million unintended pregnancies occur globally every year, with a shocking data average of 331,000 a day.
The latest findings also revealed that one in three women in need of abortion will consider doing something on their own to end the pregnancy if they are unable to get an abortion at a clinic, according to a survey conducted of over 700 people seeking abortions in 3 states across the United States of America – California, New Mexico and Illinois.
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