Thursday, 26 May, 2022

Topic: abortion

US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade verdict that guaranteed abortions

Justice Samuel A Alito Jr said the the contentious issue that has invoked political debates in the US for more than a generation should be decided by politicians, not the courts.

Of world’s 12.1 cr unplanned pregnancies every year, 1 in 7 occurs in India, says UNFPA report

UN Population Fund says India has made major inroads in sexual & reproductive health, but should address need for family planning/contraceptives, improve access to safe abortions.

Wardha hospital was being probed for ‘illegal abortion’. Then, cops found 12 skulls & 54 bones

Issue surfaced when 13-yr-old girl's parents complained to police they were threatened by parents of teen boy who got her pregnant. ‘Illegal’ abortion was done at Kadam Hospital.

Domestic violence valid ground for terminating pregnancy, says Bombay HC

The high court bench allowed the abortion of a 23-week-old healthy foetus, saying the woman had undergone mental trauma and continuation of the pregnancy would add to such trauma.

El Salvador jails women for miscarriages, stillbirths – now one woman’s family wants justice

El Salvador is one of three countries in Central America and 24 worldwide with a total abortion ban — with penalties ranging from two to 50 years.

How changes to pregnancy termination bill give women better options for abortion

The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, passed by Rajya Sabha, allows abortion between 20 to 24 weeks for 'certain categories of women' with the assent of two doctors.

Rajya Sabha passes bill to raise upper limit for abortions to 24 weeks in special cases

The bill raises the upper limit for abortions from 20 weeks to 24 weeks for 'special categories of women', including rape survivors, victims of incest, minors and differently-abled.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s successor could give Trump an edge in US presidential election

Ginsburg’s death Friday gives the president and his Republican allies an opening to leave a transformational mark on a court already shaped by two Trump appointments.

Meet Kanwal Ahmed, Pakistani woman who has given a ‘safe space’ to women to talk about taboos

On Facebook page 'Soul Sisters Pakistan', started by 31-year-old Kanwal Ahmed, several South Asian women discuss topics such as sex, abuse, marriage and abortion.

Lockdown seen leading to 1 million unsafe abortions in India, Marie Stopes says

Marie Stopes, a global non-profit for women, estimated that disrupted services could result in 20 lakh additional unsafe abortions, 6.5 lakh unintended pregnancies & 2,600 maternal deaths.

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US President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on 16 August 2021. Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan | Samuel Corum | Bloomberg

US blames failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.
Vendors at a store selling edible oils at Begum Bazaar in Hyderabad, India| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt to allow duty-free import of soybean, sunflower oil, cool surging prices

The government will permit purchases of 2 million tons each of the two vegetable oils per annum this fiscal year and the next, according to a notification by the finance ministry.


Naval helicopters | Representational image |

What’s Combined Military Forces-Bahrain? US-backed coalition India joined on Quad sidelines

India is 35th member of the maritime counterterrorism partnership that also includes Pakistan, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany and Greece, among others.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.