Tuesday 30 June 2015

Draft Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) (Amendment) Bill, 2014

Why in news?
Fresh fears about risks to women's health by allowing Ayush doctors to conduct abortions and ambiguity on the proposed extension of gestation period may force the government to keep the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) amendment bill out of Parliament in the upcoming monsoon session.

What changes have been proposed?

(Special categorylikely to include single women with unwanted pregnancy , disabled and other vulnerable women.)

What is the criticism?

  • Patient safety versus access to healthcare with the addition of ayurvedacharyas, homoeopaths and nurses to conduct MTP - not trained properly for this
  • Why have you created a 'special category'?
  • The amendments are retrograde and might even increase incidence of maternal deaths.

[Sources: PRS, The Times of India]


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