New Delhi: Ten women die every day in India as a result of unsafe abortion. Approximately 30,200 abortions are expected to take place every day, of which 15,000 are estimated to be unsafe. This is primarily due to low levels of awareness about abortion legality and availability, coupled with lack of access to services. It is estimated that of these, 3,600 develop complications resulting in morbidity and mortality.
Keeping this scenario in mind, Ipas Development Foundation (IDF) organized a Conclave on `Expanding the Discourse on Comprehensive Care (CAC) in India’ on July 10 and 11, 2017 in the capital. Participants at the Conclave reiterated that there was an urgent need to strengthen safe abortion services by increasing the provider base and creating awareness on availability of comprehensive abortion care services across the country.
Unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal deaths in India, contributing to eight percent of all maternal deaths annually. To facilitate faster decline in the overall maternal mortality in India, it is imperative that access to safe abortion services is made available at all levels of health facilities.
Women’s ability to exercise their reproductive choices is integral to the success of maternal health and family planning interventions at the national and state level. However, the challenges of repeated unintended pregnancies and unwanted births or abortions remain largely unattended due to lack of services coupled with myths and misconceptions associated with abortion.
Studies reveal that 90% of maternal mortality related to unsafe abortions could be averted by use of contraceptives in the post-abortion period. Also, the unmet need for family planning in the post-abortion period is very high which, if bridged, can save many young mothers.