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


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.


March 14
7:00 am - 11:30 pm
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