Offer An Article

Pandemic Latest News

abortion

Monkeypox declared public health emergency of international concern; The latest health stories from around the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) opted against calling the recent monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The outbreak is “clearly an evolving threat,” the WHO said in a statement Saturday, though it doesn’t constitute an international public health emergency “at this moment.” An emergency committee convened on Thursday to discuss the outbreak. […]

Monkeypox declared public health emergency of international concern; The latest health stories from around the world Read More »

Indian abortion law reform gets nod from MPs

Lawmakers in the Lok Sabha have approved reform to Indian abortion law proposed by the Centre, which could expand access to abortion in the country.  Parliamentarians in the lower house of the Indian Parliament approved by voice vote the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which seeks to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy

Indian abortion law reform gets nod from MPs Read More »

International Women’s Day: A reminder of India’s gender imbalance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi garnered publicity with a high-profile announcement that, in honour of International Women’s Day (observed today) this year, he “will give away [his] social media accounts to women whose life and work inspire us. This will help them ignite motivation in millions.” Giving visibility to women, their perspectives and their issues is

International Women’s Day: A reminder of India’s gender imbalance Read More »

Abortion law reform on the cards?

The Union Cabinet has approved extending the timeframe in which a woman can avail an abortion to 24 weeks, in what has been described as a “progressive reform”, compared to the current upper limit of twenty weeks at present. This move marks a significant step towards abortion reform law.  The approval of the Medical Termination

Abortion law reform on the cards? Read More »

Sex determination labs in the crosshairs of the Telangana High Court

The Telangana High Court has wrote to state government officials about the proliferation of sex determination labs despite the practice of prenatal sex determination being illegal in India.  The two-justice bench, consisting of Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice A. Abhishek Reddy, was responding to a public interest litigation filed before the High Court.

Sex determination labs in the crosshairs of the Telangana High Court Read More »

Abortions: 61 lakh in five years, but issues remain

India recorded 61 lakh abortions in the five years since the 2014-15 period, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Choubey informed lawmakers last week.  Giving a written reply to a question posed in the Lok Sabha, Choubey said that the Government was taking steps to ensure access to safe abortions in the

Abortions: 61 lakh in five years, but issues remain Read More »

The challenge of getting family planning “right”: Professor Amy O. Tsui on sexual and reproductive health in India

  With India facing a plethora of issues related to sexual and reproductive health, ranging from sex-selective abortion to rising rates of infertility, Health Issues India interviewed Professor Amy O. Tsui, PhD of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, to discuss India’s family planning, female sterilisation, infertility, female foeticide, and other issues in the

The challenge of getting family planning “right”: Professor Amy O. Tsui on sexual and reproductive health in India Read More »

Suicide risk does not increase after an abortion: Research

The notion that undergoing an abortion increases a woman’s suicide risk is not supported by evidence, according to recent research.  A study published in The Lancet examined data of 523,380 Danish women between the ages of eighteen and 36, finding that whilst women who undergo an abortion have a higher risk of first-time non-fatal suicide

Suicide risk does not increase after an abortion: Research Read More »

Another day, yet another sex determination racket busted

Three people have been arrested in connection with an illegal prenatal sex determination racket, in a reminder of the country’s sex ratio and discrimination woes. India’s sex ratio is seriously imbalanced, driven in part by the practice of sex-selective abortion. Even though prenatal sex determination is illegal in India, having been banned in 1994 through

Another day, yet another sex determination racket busted Read More »

Sex discrimination and women in the workforce

Endemic sex discrimination takes its toll on the Indian economy, with the absence of women in the workforce, an imbalanced sex ratio, and social prejudices holding back a boon for India’s GDP.  According to a report published recently in The Print, almost 120 million women who have at least a secondary education do not participate

Sex discrimination and women in the workforce Read More »