India’s women's abortion rate is 47 per 1000: The Lancet Global report
A total of 15.6 million (1.56 crore) abortions took place across India in 2015 according to a research paper published in The Lancet Global Health medical journal. Out of them 81% — take medicines at home instead of going to hospitals. Overall, 12.7 million (81%) abortions were medication abortions, 2.2 million (14%) were surgical, and 0.8 million (5%) were through other methods, probably unsafe.
The new study also estimated that half of the total 48.1 million pregnancies in India in 2015 were unintended. 'Abortions accounted for one-third of all pregnancies and nearly half of pregnancies were unintended' said the study, adding that India's abortion rate is 47 per 1,000 women of reproductive age, which is similar to rates in Pakistan (50), Nepal (42) and Bangladesh (39). It estimated that close to three in four abortions are achieved using drugs from chemists and informal vendors. WHO says abortion medicines are safe and effective when used correctly and within a nine-week gestational limit.
Study recommendation: The study proposed recommended permitting nurses, AYUSH doctors (practitioners of indigenous medicine) and auxiliary nurse midwives to provide abortion medicines. This would expand the number of providers—and facilities—qualified to offer safe abortion services.
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