Can foreigners get abortion in India?

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Yes, foreigners can get abortion in India. India allows abortion in India up to 20 weeks of pregnancy for all women, including Indian expats, Filipino expats and many others who wish to travel to India for abortion.

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In 2021, the law was amended to allow all women, regardless of marital status, to obtain abortions up to 24 weeks into their pregnancies

Due to restrictive abortion laws, many Indian ex-pats and foreign women coming from  countries like the UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, RAK city and others), Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan successfully avail abortion options with us.

What are the conditions for foreigners getting an abortion in india?

Abortion is legal in India, but only on certain grounds. The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 permits abortion in India up to 20 weeks of pregnancy for all women, including Indian expats and foreigners visiting India. In 2021, the law was amended to allow certain categories of women, including married women who were divorced minors, rape victims or mentally ill women, to obtain abortions up to 24 weeks, raising it from the previous 20 weeks. However, the changes did not include single women23. The prescribed method of abortion will vary according to the gestation length and the case-specific. Abortion can only be done by a registered medical practitioner in a registered medical facility. The consent of the woman is necessary for the procedure, and the consent of the husband or any other family member is not require

What is the best method for foreigners who want to travel back soon?

  • Vacuum aspiration method of abortion: Women who are earlier than 6 weeks pregnant can also choose this method instead of abortion pills to ensure that the pregnancy has been terminated the minute they step out of the hospital.

For foreigners, this can be the best choice as its efficiency is nearly 100% and the procedure is very gentle lasting between 3 – 10 minutes and you can expect to be discharged as soon as you feel comfortable. Most women travelling to Bangalore for abortion either travel back the same day or the next day with confidence that the purpose of their medical tourism has been served well.The procedure involves gently evacuating the gestation products from the uterine lining by applying gentle suction.

The vacuum can be created manually, making it Manual Vacuum aspiration (MVA). To make you relaxed, abortion is performed under preferred anaesthesia as per anaesthetist’s prescription, specific to your case.

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