Podcast : Women’s Reproductive Rights: The Indian Law on Safe Abortion

Hidden Pockets on Safe abortion. A woman in saree

Understanding women’s rights are an integral component of the overall status health of women. The reproductive health as well as rights of women have often been neglected. But not anymore. How and where can one get a safe abortion? Is this even legal in India? Several women have questions like these that remain unanswered. Team Hidden Pockets discusses them with Jasmine Lovely George, a lawyer who has been working in the field of sexual and reproductive health;  Anubha Rastogi, experts in the area of sexual and reproductive health.

Listen to what these experts have to say about abortion and safe termination of pregnancy by enlightening you listeners about the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971. Our experts go on to discuss the various facets of legal abortion known as medical termination of pregnancy in India and the extent to which it is restrictive. Jasmine, sheds light on certain circumstances wherein abortion can be legally performed. Majority of us have insufficient information about this Act. But don’t let that stop you from finding out more. Listen to Jasmine discuss the recent amendments to the legislation introduced in 2014 ,that include single women within the ambit of its definition of women, that come within the purview of this Act.

If any of you are interested in getting more information about this law, please do not hesitate to access “Nyaaya”, a legal portal that is a repository of simplified versions of legislations. In addition, there also exists ASAP( Asia Safe Partnership) website that gives details about abortion and safe termination of pregnancy. For all our listeners, though this may be a taboo topic, one must remember that we do have a legislation in place to provide safe medical termination of pregnancy. So please make use of public health clinics and access the right resources, some of which have been discussed in this podcast. Know your rights, and own your health.

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