This article is a part of Love Matters’ global campaign, in partnership with WGNRR, #StepIntoOurShoes for access to safe and legal abortion.
- Failed contraceptive: Research shows this is one of the most common reasons for abortion. All contraceptives have a failure rate, so even when you use it perfectly, there’s always a small chance of pregnancy.
Read more about the effectiveness of contraceptives here.
- Financial status: A study released by Guttmacher Institute in 2005 states additional financial responsibility that comes with a baby as a reason why single women or couples go for an abortion.
- Marital status and social norms: Social norms in many parts of India shun children born out of wedlock. To avoid the social stigma, fear of familial rejection and abuse resulting from having a child out of wedlock, unmarried women might choose abortion as a safe way out.
- Relationship issues: Guttmacher Institute’s study also suggests that women might not want to continue with a pregnancy if their relationship with their partner is at a precarious stage or if the husband or partner is not in the favour of a child.
Read our My Story on rebuilding a relationship after an abortion.
- Career or education: Very often, single women or couples choose abortion as the baby might interfere with their career or educational plans.
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It is important to understand that abortion performed at unsafe places may lead to medical complications, even death.
Section 5 of Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) act states that abortion after 20 weeks is permissible only if there are substantial foetal abnormalities or pregnancy causing averse effects to the health of women. Unfortunately, the MTP act only accounts to married women in India.
Know more about sex-selective abortions across the world.
An abortion is a deeply personal and strong life decision that a woman takes. Supporting her throughout the process will only help her come out of it stronger and healthier.