Komal was 15 when she got pregnant from a guy who cheated on her. When her mother took her to a doctor for an abortion, he charged an exorbitant amount of money saying he was doing them a favour by performing the ‘illegal act’ of abortion for an underage, unmarried girl.
Ritu had been raped by a family member and needed an abortion. But Rani, an ANM in Bihar, could not have imagined that the story could be worse. She shares Ritu’s heartbreaking story with Love Matters India.
Naina, a 12-year-old girl from a small village in Bihar was being treated for acidity and gas for a couple of months when the issue was completely different. None of the doctors in the village could think that she could have been pregnant at such a young age. Rani, the local ANM, shares her story with Love Matters India.
The revised abortion law of India allows women in India to get an abortion without marriage, but is this law known to everyone in our country? Especially those who are working in this field - like Asha didi, Anganwadi workers and other people who are in a government hospital? Even today, when an unmarried girl comes to get an abortion in rural India, she is told that it is illegal. When 18-year-old Sonam from a small village in Bihar recently went there for an abortion, the same thing happened to her. Let's read this story.
A minor girl is legally allowed to undergo an abortion with her parent/guardian’s written consent but not many people working in the health sector, especially in rural areas, are aware of the rule. Sarita, a 14-year-old from Bihar, was denied an abortion at a government facility because Asha didi thought she did not want to get into something ‘immoral and illegal’.
Feeling scared and wondering what to expect when you terminate your pregnancy or have an abortion? Love Matters spoke to gynaecologists to tell you all the essentials before you or a loved one decide to go for a medical abortion.