Need to save lives by making abortions safe

From DECCAN HERALD

Gopal Dabade, Oct 1, 2013
Not many in India are aware that last week, on September 28, the world celebrated the “Day of action for access to safe abortions.” 

It is slowly picking up and becoming international in nature, though its origin is in Latin America where women’s groups have been mobilising around this day since the last two decades to demand that their governments provide access to safe and affordable abortion services and to put an end to stigma and discrimination towards women who choose to have an abortion.

This movement continues up to this day by growing in force and commitment on the part of women’s rights activists in the region and globally as well. The date – Sept 28 – was chosen in commemoration of the abolition of slavery in Brazil which is now remembered as the day of the ‘free womb’ demanding for safe and legal abortion for all women.

Seeking safe abortions is of great relevance in the Indian context. Unsafe abortions are a major public health problem in this country. Shockingly, India recorded 6.5 million abortions in 2008 of which 66 per cent or two-thirds were deemed unsafe. The major reason behind these disturbing figures is the fact that though abortion is legal in India, for numerous reasons, women are not able to access proper medical facilities. Unfortunately, they are getting abortions done in unsafe clinics and that is why a good measure of abortions in India end up in complications and death.  Read the FULL ARTICLE