29 January, 2020
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Syllabus subtopic: Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation.
Prelims and Mains focus: about the move and its significance; MTP Act, 1971
News: Moving to ease abortion laws in the country, the Union Cabinet is set to consider a host of changes to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971.
What is the present scenario?
The present abortion law, which is about five decades old, permits abortion up to a maximum foetal gestation period of 20 weeks.
Section 3 (2) of the MTP Act, 1971 states “a pregnancy may be terminated by a registered medical practitioner,
What are the changes proposed in the Act?
The move to amend the MTP Act, 1971 is a progressive step towards empowerment of women. It will provide greater reproductive rights to women as abortion is considered an important aspect of the reproductive health of women. Deaths and injuries from unsafe abortions are largely preventable provided services are performed legally by trained practitioners.
Source: Indian Express
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