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Did you know 'abortion is legal'? Check out these 5 facts

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Published on 22 April 2018 10:56 AM GMT

Did you know abortion is legal? Check out these 5 facts
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Lucknow: While many of us are under impression that abortion in India is a crime, It is the right of every women to know that the activity is legal, given, it should be done under valid reason.

Check out these facts every girl should know about abortion:

Law governing abortion issues:

  • India has legalised the abortion for almost 50 years under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.
  • Termination of pregnancy upto 20 weeks after conception is only legal in our country.
  • There are certain valid conditions in our law under which the abortion in considered legal.

When is abortion legal?

  • If the continuation of the pregnancy poses a risk to a woman's life or can adversely affect her physical or mental health.
  • If there are some abnormalities a fetus is suffering from.
  • If it is an unplanned pregnancy which means it occurred due to contraceptive failure. But, this reason is valid only for the married women.
  • If the pregnancy is a result of rape.

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Not a right of every woman:

  • Abortions are provided solely after the final say of the doctors. Not every woman can exercise the right of aborting child.
  • In first trimester (12 weeks), on doctor needs to sign off and agree for the abortion while in the second trimester (between 12-20 weeks) two doctors are needed to sign off.

Husband or family's consent is not required:

  • A doctor only needs the consent of the woman for abortion. No one else's permission is needed, not even of the family or the husband.

Right to privacy applies to abortion:

  • "A woman’s freedom of choice whether to bear a child or abort her pregnancy are areas which fall in the realm of privacy," the Supreme Court had stated in a landmark judgement regarding to 'Right to privacy' in 2017.
  • According to this decision, what women chose to do with their body is their decision and theirs alone.

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