News By/Courtesy: Parimala Ronanki | 31 Mar 2021 10:42am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • legal status regarding abortion
  • termination of pregnancy act.
  • rights of women in regard of reproduction .

For women for even reproduction, there are some rights. There is an old law that is the medical termination of pregnancy act,1971 in simple words it is said as abortion. So, this law relating to abortion is generally said to be outdated. One of the important things was that there is nothing related to unmarried women. The protest regarding this is going for a long time. Many women advocacy groups are demanding for this that is the recognition of the rights of unmarried women. Even in the ministry of women and child labour, they were many groups that are formed who were saying that there should be some changes brought forward in the medical termination of pregnancy act. And through this only the union cabinet has approved the medical termination of pregnancy bill,2020(amendment). This is not yet made as an act, but the cabinet has approved it. Reproductive rights and their significance. Reproductive rights are those rights of the individuals to decide whether to reproduce and have reproductive health or not. In this, not only the willingness of the woman whether she want to become pregnant will come but also the if any women have become pregnant and if she this pregnancy is not good for her then she can terminate this pregnancy as this is her body her right. Secondly, this is the women’s right to use contraceptive pills or not, and also, she has a right in choosing whether she wants to plan a family or not. She also has the right to choose whether she wants to learn about sex education in public school or not it cannot be made as a compulsion. Reproductive right is significant as a human right, for maternal health and social and economic development of women. Issues related to reproductive rights in India. • Medical termination of pregnancy act,1971. In this act, there are mainly two issues those were. No reproductive rights were given to unmarried women to say briefly if any woman got pregnant before marriage and she does not want the child and adopt it then the law does not permit her to do so if she wants to do then it becomes an illegal act. Secondly, there is a set limit for termination of pregnancy that is only for 20 weeks. Regarding this if we compare then the legal time to abort a fetus in weeks is UK, Netherlands, Singapore it is 24 weeks in China it is 28 weeks. Regarding this there are many amendments are made in recent years. Proposed amendments. In the new amendment, the upper gestation limit has been increased to 24 which was before 20 weeks for termination of pregnancy. Secondly, the identity of the women should not be disclosed like the name and particulars of a woman whose pregnancy has been terminated. And at last, it is said that for any woman there is no specification saying only married or unmarried women have a right to terminate the pregnancy up to 20 weeks. • Challenges in the public health system • Societal pressure • Patriarchal structure.

 

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Section Editor: 5thVoice.News | 01 Apr 2021 12:13pm IST


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