Global Politics

India's abortion debate

Under the 1971 act, Indian law allows abortion up to 20 weeks of pregnancy, but there are calls within the medical community to extend that to 24 weeks if the fetus has a serious medical defect. This woman who runs an NGO for the physically challenged is sure that law shouldn't be changed, and she says the fetus is also a human. The co-practitioner in the case says he sees many women who risk their lives to have abortions once they find out their fetus is not healthy. This NGO worker says the unborn child is at a disadvantage despite medical advances. Abortion is a political sensitive issue in India because of the high number of female infanticides. It's illegal to tell the sex of an unborn child to their parents, yet it still happens on a high scale.

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