Op-Ed Focus: Not just a question of weeks

By Atul Roy|Updated : July 29th, 2017

Article: Not just a question of weeks

Link: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/not-just-a-question-of-weeks/article19380682.ece

Now try and answer the following questions:

  1. The 20-week cap on abortion stipulated by The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act

is somewhat arbitrary and doesn’t serve the interests of the pregnant women. Critically analyse this statement with reference to the current legal regime.

  1. What are the provisions of Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill? Do you think it addresses the loopholes in the present act? What do you think should be incorporated in this bill? Substantiate.
  2. According to a WHO report, “laws and policies on abortion should protect women’s health and their human rights. Regulatory, policy and programmatic barriers that hinder access to and timely provision of safe abortion care should be removed.” What is your opinion on this? Critically comment.

Points to Ponder:

  1. Do you think PCPNDT Act has been able to stop sex selective abortions? What are the weaknesses of the present system? Suggest some innovative methods to tackle this menace.


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