Recent Statistics On Abortion In India That Will Shock You!

By: Natasha Mahesh, 2016-05-17 11:30:00.0Category:  Issues & Concerns
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On 16th May 2016, Times of India reported that the recent BMC data collated from registered medical termination of pregnancies (MTP) centres, 34,790 women underwent medical or surgical abortion in 2015-16. That is a 13% jump from 2014-15 (30,742 abortions were reported that year). That’s not all, the also studies show teen pregnancy saw a sharp rise only in the under-15 category as their numbers jumped from 111 to 185 and finally 271 over the last three years. One the contrary, MTPs among girls aged 15-19 registered a near 50% dip in 2015-16, after showing a 47% increase in the year before.

The abortions among under-15 girls in the city have increased by 144% over the last three years. There has also been a double-digit increase in the overall number of medical termination of pregnancies in 2015-16, which the BMC has attributed to an evolved reporting system.

A L Sharda, director of Population First, an NGO that works for gender equality say, "The numbers are surprising. Despite there being an increase in sexual activity among youngsters, it alone cannot contribute to more than doubling of abortion statistics,". She believes that the stringent implementation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), where every under-18 pregnancy has to be intimated to the police, could be a reason for the sharp rise. But there is little to explain why abortions dipped in the 15-19 age group, barring an assumption that college girls could be more aware about contraception. The numbers state that only 4% of those who opted for MTP were 'unmarried'.

Dr Nandita Palshetkar, president of Mumbai chapter of the Federation of Obstetric & Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI) said that sex education needs to be imparted in schools to prevent pregnancy in young girls. Sharda also rued the lack of major awareness drives in society to make women aware about their abortion rights and ways to access it.

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