Legal Aspect of Abortion for Health Care Professionals
Brijendra Singh Tomar
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that worldwide 210 million women become pregnant each year and that about two-thirds of them, or approximately 130 million, deliver live infants1 . The remaining one-third of pregnancies end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or induced abortion1 . Of the estimated 42 million induced abortions each year, nearly 20 million are performed in unsafe conditions and/or by unskilled providers and result in the deaths of an estimated 47,000 girls and women1 . This represents about 13 percent of all pregnancy-related deaths1 .While the incidence of abortion in India is unknown, the most widely cited figure suggests that around 6.7 million abortions take place annually. According to government data, only about one million of these are performed legally. The remaining abortions are performed by medical and non-medical practitioners. Levels of unsafe abortions are very high in India, especially given that abortion is legal for a broad range of indications, and available in the public and private health sector. Therefore an attempt is made to make aware the health care professionals about the various provisions of laws related to abortion so that they can play a major role to aware society.