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"If a woman has even one daughter, I refuse to perform the abortion": Sex determination and safe abortion in India.
Reprod Health Matters. 2015 May; 23(45):114-25.RH

Abstract

In India, safe abortion services are sought mainly in the private sector for reasons of privacy, confidentiality, and the absence of delays and coercion to use contraception. In recent years, the declining sex ratio has received much attention, and implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act (2003) has become stringent. However, rather than targeting sex determination, many inspection visits target abortion services. This has led to many private medical practitioners facing negative media publicity, defamation and criminal charges. As a result, they have started turning women away not only in the second trimester but also in the first. Samyak, a Pune-based, non-governmental organization, came across a number of cases of refusal of abortion services during its work and decided to explore the experiences of private medical practitioners with the regulatory mechanisms and what happened to the women. The study showed that as a fallout from the manner of implementation of the PCPNDT Act, safe abortion services were either difficult for women to access or outright denied to them. There is an urgent need to recognize this impact of the current regulatory environment, which is forcing women towards illegal and unsafe abortions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Field Coordinator, SAMYAK, Pune, India.Consultant, Ahmedabad, India.Coordinator, Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP), Mumbai, India. Electronic address: suchidoc@hotmail.com.Executive Director, SAMYAK, Pune, India.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26278839

Citation

Potdar, Pritam, et al. ""If a Woman Has Even One Daughter, I Refuse to Perform the Abortion": Sex Determination and Safe Abortion in India." Reproductive Health Matters, vol. 23, no. 45, 2015, pp. 114-25.
Potdar P, Barua A, Dalvie S, et al. "If a woman has even one daughter, I refuse to perform the abortion": Sex determination and safe abortion in India. Reprod Health Matters. 2015;23(45):114-25.
Potdar, P., Barua, A., Dalvie, S., & Pawar, A. (2015). "If a woman has even one daughter, I refuse to perform the abortion": Sex determination and safe abortion in India. Reproductive Health Matters, 23(45), 114-25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rhm.2015.06.003
Potdar P, et al. "If a Woman Has Even One Daughter, I Refuse to Perform the Abortion": Sex Determination and Safe Abortion in India. Reprod Health Matters. 2015;23(45):114-25. PubMed PMID: 26278839.
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TY - JOUR T1 - "If a woman has even one daughter, I refuse to perform the abortion": Sex determination and safe abortion in India. AU - Potdar,Pritam, AU - Barua,Alka, AU - Dalvie,Suchitra, AU - Pawar,Anand, Y1 - 2015/07/26/ PY - 2014/11/28/received PY - 2015/05/04/revised PY - 2015/06/08/accepted PY - 2015/8/18/entrez PY - 2015/8/19/pubmed PY - 2017/1/31/medline KW - India KW - abortion law and policy KW - abortion services KW - private doctors KW - second trimester abortions KW - sex determination KW - sex ratio SP - 114 EP - 25 JF - Reproductive health matters JO - Reprod Health Matters VL - 23 IS - 45 N2 - In India, safe abortion services are sought mainly in the private sector for reasons of privacy, confidentiality, and the absence of delays and coercion to use contraception. In recent years, the declining sex ratio has received much attention, and implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act (2003) has become stringent. However, rather than targeting sex determination, many inspection visits target abortion services. This has led to many private medical practitioners facing negative media publicity, defamation and criminal charges. As a result, they have started turning women away not only in the second trimester but also in the first. Samyak, a Pune-based, non-governmental organization, came across a number of cases of refusal of abortion services during its work and decided to explore the experiences of private medical practitioners with the regulatory mechanisms and what happened to the women. The study showed that as a fallout from the manner of implementation of the PCPNDT Act, safe abortion services were either difficult for women to access or outright denied to them. There is an urgent need to recognize this impact of the current regulatory environment, which is forcing women towards illegal and unsafe abortions. SN - 1460-9576 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26278839/"If_a_woman_has_even_one_daughter,_I_refuse_to_perform_the_abortion":_Sex_determination_and_safe_abortion_in_India L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1016/j.rhm.2015.06.003 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -