India has one of Asia’s broadest abortion laws. Abortions may be performed by a registered physician in a government-approved hospital or facility during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. However, in this sprawling country of more than one billion people, progressive laws do not guarantee access to safe abortion services. Unsafe abortions still far outnumber legal procedures; an estimated 60% of abortions performed in India are unsafe.
Ipas works in India in partnership with the Ipas Development Foundation (IDF), operating a program that covers 14 states. The program started with training providers and promoting safe abortion technologies at the state and district levels. Ipas and IDF now also work to implement the abortion law, advocate for increased commitment to women’s access to safe services, forge partnerships, and strengthen the public health system at all levels to create high-quality, comprehensive abortion care services. The program also works to ensure youth access to comprehensive reproductive health services and information, including contraception and safe abortion care.
Visit IpasDevelopmentFoundation.org to learn more about IDF’s work.
Nidhi Verma of the Ipas Development Foundation took this photo of street masks as she was heading out of a metro station one day. Why? Because “there was not a single mask of a woman.” She was taking part in a “photovoice” project and felt the photo perfectly represented women’s lack of power over almost everything in their lives, including abortion care. She explains her thinking in this video.
Self-managing abortions safely(The Hindu)
Abortions may be legal in India, but 60% are unsafe(The Times of India)