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Pregnant women wait for their turn to meet the doctor at Mohali Civil Hospital, a dedicated Covid facility in Punjab's SAS Nagar district | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

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.
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Why India’s law on abortion does not use the word ‘abortion’

Some attribute the curious choice of words ‘medical termination of pregnancy’ in the 1971 Act to the colonial hangover of using technical jargon. But that's not the case.
Representational image of a pregnant woman | Image: Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Indian women set to get right to abort pregnancy in 6th month, instead of the 5th

Modi cabinet approves amendment to Medical Termination of Pregnancy act, taking abortion limit to 24 weeks instead of 20. Bill to be tabled in Parliament.
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Abortion a right not privilege. On Safe Abortion Day, govt must consider amending MTP Act

In 1971, India became one of the first countries to legalise abortion, but today its healthcare system is lagging behind and doing a great disservice to women.

Is Modi govt right in telling SC that women don’t have absolute right to abortion?

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare told the Supreme Court Wednesday that a pregnant woman’s right to abort is not “absolute”.
The Supreme Court of India denies woman the permission to terminate her baby| Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

SC says abortion amounts to murder, rejects 20-year-old Mumbai woman’s plea

The 20-year-old petitioner, now over 25 weeks pregnant, had cited marital discord and a desire to end her marriage as grounds to seek an abortion.
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Abortion has been legal in India since 1971 but it is still not a woman’s right

Legal barriers, such as the blanket 20-week gestation limit, no mention of unmarried women in the clause of contraceptive failure, the need for physician’s consent – all constrain and deny women reproductive justice.
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Tweaking India’s abortion law: Fear of foeticide trumping women’s reproductive rights?

MTP Act currently allows abortions for pregnancies up to 20 weeks, but Centre has had a proposal to extend the limit to 24 weeks in the pipeline since 2014.
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Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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