Statement on Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Statement by Population Foundation of India, a member of the Pratigya Campaign on Gender Equality and Safe Abortion, on the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2021


“The MTP Amendment Bill 2021 acknowledges the abortion needs of unmarried women for the first time and is a step forward in ensuring universal access to safe abortion services for women and girls. The enhancement of the upper gestation for special categories of women (survivors of rape, women with disabilities etc) and in cases of fetal abnormalities is also a much-needed resolution for the numerous cases we see in courts today. Most importantly, the bill presents an opportunity for decentralizing and expanding the base of legal abortion providers to include those providing only medical abortion services. This would particularly help ensure safe abortion services are available to the most vulnerable and remotely-located women.”

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