CommonHealth is a coalition for reproductive health and safe Abortion. It is a membership based network of individuals and organisations across 22 states in India working in the area of maternal health, reproductive health and safe abortion access for women and communities.
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Dr. Alka Barua, Dr. Souvik Pyne and Dr. Arvinder Nagpal CommonHealth, India On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of the USA overruled an earlier judgement on Roe v Wade on the grounds that abortion is not a right as it is not “deeply rooted in the Nation’s history or tradition”. Almost half a century earlier, onContinue reading “Defence of individual rights and choice: Need of the hour“
Rajya Sabha Debate on MTP (Amendment) Bill 2020 Dr. Souvik Pyne and Dr. Alka Barua The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill of 2020 was a perfect opportunity to enhance access to safe, legal and quality abortion services through a comprehensive approach based on evidence-based amendments. Unfortunately, it fell short of expectation. The Union CabinetContinue reading “MTP Amendment Bill 2020: A Story of Missed Opportunities”
Authors: Dr. Souvik Pyne, Dr. Arvinder Nagpal and Dr. Alka Barua The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act of 1971 legally permits abortion services for select conditions that provide exemptions from prosecution under the Indian Penal Code of 1861. The MTP Act specifies the gestation, facilities, physical infrastructure, and service providers for service provision. The Act andContinue reading “Lok Sabha Debate on MTP (Amendment) Bill 2020”
Ms. Manushi Sheth, Coordinator, SAHAJ (Vadodara, Gujarat), February 11, 2020 I have been working in the development sector for the last 15 years. I realised only a few years ago that women of reproductive age in many countries couldn’t exercise their right to abortion. Globally, 41 percent of women live under restrictive laws. Legal restrictionsContinue reading “Concerns Emerging From Women’s Perspectives On Abortion Services”
Author: Dr Suchitra Dalvie MD,MRCOG We need more girls to be born they say. We need to stop the ‘gendercide’ that is taking place across the world, they say. For social justice. For women’s rights. For human rights. While this is a compelling argument when taken at face value, if we take a moment to examine itContinue reading “Autonomy and Abortion Access”
Author: Bhuvaneswari Sunil, PhD If this reading, kindles a spark in you to know more about women undergoing abortion, then you would decide to hear voices of women seeking abortion…But if you simply decide to blame women and abortion, you are at a loss of understanding reality… For last five years I have worked onContinue reading “Why do Indian women need safe abortion services?”