Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

14-March-2024-Editorial

March 14 @ 7:00 am - 11:30 pm

FRENCH LAWMAKERS TO ENSHRINE ABORTION RIGHTS IN FRANCE’S CONSTITUTION

The recent approval by French lawmakers to enshrine abortion rights in France’s constitution has sparked discussions globally regarding reproductive rights and legal provisions related to abortion.

What is Abortion?

  • Abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy, usually within the first 28 weeks of gestation.
  • It can be performed through medical procedures or medications, depending on the pregnancy’s stage and individual preferences.
  • Abortion is a highly debated topic involving ethical, moral, religious, and legal considerations.

Proponents of Abortion Rights

  • Proponents argue that abortion is a fundamental reproductive right, allowing individuals autonomy over their bodies and futures.
  • Access to safe and legal abortion services is crucial in preventing unwanted pregnancies and safeguarding women’s health.

Opponents of Abortion

  • Opponents, often called “pro-life,” believe abortion is morally wrong and should be restricted or prohibited entirely.
  • They argue that life begins at conception, and terminating a pregnancy violates the rights of the unborn fetus.

Legal Provisions Related to Abortion in India

  • Historically, abortion was prohibited in India until the enactment of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971.
  • The MTP Act legalized safe and legal abortions, aiming to protect women’s health and reduce maternal mortality.
  • Amendments in 2021 extended abortion access up to 24 weeks for specific cases like rape survivors and established Medical Boards for cases of substantial fetal abnormalities.
  • The Constitution of India guarantees the right to reproductive choice and autonomy for women under Article 21.

Concerns Related to Abortion

  • Unsafe Abortions: Unsafe abortions contribute significantly to maternal mortality, especially among women in poor families or outside marriages.
  • Preference for Male Child: Selective abortion of female fetuses persists in regions where male children are favored over females.
  • Shortage of Medical Experts: Rural areas face a shortage of obstetrician-gynaecologists, impacting access to safe abortion services.

Way Forward

  • Ensure access to safe and legal abortion services without stigma or barriers.
  • Expand abortion services in urban and rural areas, train healthcare providers, and raise awareness about women’s rights.
  • Support healthcare providers in delivering non-judgmental care while addressing ethical and legal concerns.

Details

Date:
March 14
Time:
7:00 am - 11:30 pm
Event Category: