In our society, there is a belief that abortion is ‘sinful’ because it is akin to ‘ending a life’. That is why in our community or in our family no one wants to talk about abortion. There is a feeling of hesitation while addressing abortion which is in fact caused by the stigma which in turn develops a sense of fear in the minds of women. This is why many even consider abortion a crime.

However, the fact remains that many women, whether married or unmarried, do need abortion services in their lives. But the problem arises in accessing these services in a stigma-free environment. And the problem gets even more compounded if the woman is unmarried. When an unmarried woman is pregnant, questions are raised on her character. She is judged as being shameless, careless, of loose character, etc. However, not many people know that if a woman is pregnant but is not ready to become a mother, then within 20 weeks an abortion can be conducted and is even legal in India. Due to the lack of awareness and education about abortion, people consider it as completely illegal. The challenge here is to make people aware that not only is abortion legal, but also safe if conducted by registered medical practitioners under the conditions laid by the law.

According to the World Health Organisation’s data (updated in 2016), approximately 22 million unsafe abortions are estimated to take place each year globally; almost all of them taking place in developing countries. Many women have to still undergo health complications in a country like ours, where safe abortion is legal and can be made available to women.

Encouraging conversations about abortion can help clear misconceptions about it. We as volunteers of FPA India, focus on spreading awareness about abortion rights in new ways such as campaigns, street plays, short films, and others. If we continue to do so with dedication, we will definitely achieve success in making people aware.

Through Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), we need to educate men and women about their sexual and reproductive rights, and for long-term results it is necessary to talk to men about the rights of women. When both, men and women, are aware of abortion rights, then can they go ahead in the right direction. To get people to understand that it is alright to get an abortion done using legal and safe methods, it is us, the youth, who need to contribute to this cause, and bring about a change for a better future.

 

Ankit Prajapati

Youth Champion,

Gwalior Branch, FPA India

 

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58 thoughts on “Let’s fight the stigma around Abortion

  1. Apr 30, 2015
    Life Ke Har Pal Ko Khushi Se Bitao,
    Rone Ka Time Kaha Sirf Muskurao,
    Chahe Ye Duniya Kahe Pagal Awara,
    Bas Itna Yad Rakhna “Zindgi Na Milegi
    Dobara”.
    Sach Kaha Hai Kisi Ne, Waqt Ke Sath
    Har Koi Badal Jata Hai, Galti Uski Nhi
    Hoti Jo Badalta Hai, Galti Uski Hoti Hai,
    Jo Pehle Jaisa Rah Jata Hai.

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  2. very good dear .. acha kaam kar rha hai… sabko aware kar rha hai …. humre sare youth main jo ye abortion Ko le …baHut kharb si soch hai . un sab ke liye ye bahut acha jawab hai… i support u ..bro .keep it up .. jay ho

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  3. Well said ankit gud keep it going
    & whenever a girl gets pregnant it’s not only girl’s fault a man is also & always behind it

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  4. Well said ankit keet it up
    & wheneven a girl/woman gets pregnant, it’s not only girl’s fault, a man is also & always behind it

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  5. Really A article with full of knowledge and info.
    Thats a nyc try bro.
    Will wait for ur future articles for stealing sime knowledge.

    God bless u.

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  6. This is a brilliant step taken to banish the stigma of obortion.Its a choice not a crime… Maverick article; powerful thought.

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  7. Mr. Ankit prajapati you are so good article Dear, I like your thinking…..I always support you Anytime… any where…… And God bless you

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