World Health & Population

World Health & Population November -0001 : 0-0.doi:10.12927/whp..17506

Applying a Human Rights Framework to the Provision of Abortion Care and Related Reproductive Health Services in India

Vandana Tripathi


The international consensus on reproductive rights and enabling mechanisms provides a framework for evaluating reproductive health programs and policies. One such application examines unsafe abortion, a significant global cause of illness and death. India is a valuable context for such application - abortion was legalized in 1971 - but abortion-related mortality and morbidity remain common. This paper identifies key rights issues in abortion care in India and outlines possible remedial mechanisms, derived from the reproductive rights framework.
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