The MTP 2020 amendment bill: Anti-rights subjectivity

Barua, Alka, Rastogi, Anubha, Deepa, V, Jain, Dipika, Gupta, Manisha, Malik, Rupsa and Dalvie, Suchitra (2020) The MTP 2020 amendment bill: Anti-rights subjectivity. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 28 (1): 1795447. ISSN 26410397

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The MTP Act 1971 sets the gestational limit for abortion at 20 weeks, beyond which abortions may only be performed, barring a court order to the contrary, when there is risk to the life of the pregnant person. Even within this limit, however, doctors are often hesitant to provide abortion rights to autonomy, bodily integrity, and privacy. In this commentary, the authors build on earlier analyses in the media4–7 and adopt an intersec- tional lens to highlight critical gaps in the proposed amendments. The commentary represents the coming together of a broad-based coalition of sta keholders willing to build consensus on conten- tious issues that have divided constituencies and movements.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Medical Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill | Need for Rights-Based Legal Framework | MTP Bill 2020 - India | Intersectional Analysis | Gains and Limitations | Barriers to Safe Abortion Access
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2021 05:27
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 10:56
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Additional Information: This article has been drawn from the deliberations during the MASUM and Pratigya Campaign consultation in March 2020. We are grateful to the organisers of these consultations and would also like to thank Kavya Kartik and Debanjana Choudhuri fortheir research and editorial assistance.


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