Roundtable Discussion on "Right to Sexual and Reproductive Health"

India legalized abortion in 1971, and the MTP Act was amended in 2003 to ensure better implementation and increased access to women especially in the private health sector. However, even 47 years since the Act came into force, unsafe abortions are still prevalent in India. The recent Lancet Global Health mentions that a total of 15.6 million abortions were carried out in India in 2015. Of these, 11.5 million took place outside health facilities. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, abortion deaths constitute 8% of all maternal deaths per year in India. Women and girls in India continue to seek abortion services from unqualified or illegal providers – often resulting in severe complications and adverse reproductive health implications.

A Parliamentary Panel on Women’s Health in February 2018 strongly recommended the government to amend the MTP Act, 1971, however, this draft is yet to see light. Against this backdrop, GPPI-CPR and GHS jointly organised a roundtable discussion focusing on the key issues of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) and the proposed amendments of the MTP Act, 1971.

Three specialist speakers who discussed these issues in detail included Dr C N Purandare, President, International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO); Dr Jaydeep Tank, Deputy Secretary General, The Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI); and Dr Nozer Sheriar, Former Secretary General, The Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI).

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