How the new abortion law fails to give women the absolute right over their bodies

The Supreme Court said that the definition of rape should include marital rape under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act | File Image

When 24-year-old Neha and her partner Naveen (names changed) got pregnant, they approached a private hospital for abortion. The hospital initially refused to do it and asked whether this was just fun and they would marry someone else later.

Later, they demanded ₹25,000 for the procedure. Unable to afford that amount, Neha and Naveen, who are medical students, went to the government-run Thrissur medical college.

The junior resident doctor there refused abortion and gave her a prescription as follows:

“Came for MTP, unmarried;
1) All investigations
2) Report with parents of the girl (father or mother) for MTP and admission”

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