In a move to ensure reproductive and sexual health rights as well as to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality rate, the recent amendments to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (MTP) laws — passed by the Lok Sabha last year and Rajya Sabha this year — ensures that women have the right to safe and legal abortion upto 24 weeks of pregnancy. In a country like India, a woman's will to terminate a pregnancy is stricken by social stigma and the lack of knowledge on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR).
In this second episode of ‘Safe Abortion Saves Lives’, Dr Dalvie shares insights into how although the laws to protect women’s rights are powerful in India, they are riddled with challenges like the lack of access to sexuality education, child marriages, age of consent, marital rape and the right to privacy.
As a gynecologist and coordinator for the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP), it has been Dr Dalvie’s endeavor to educate disadvantaged sections including gender binary, gender non-conforming and trans persons about their access to safe, quality and respectful healthcare facilities.
Watch the video to know more.
(Interviewed, produced and video edited by Nang Tanvi)