Abortion Law: Will Proposed Amendment Set a Global Precedent?

The Cabinet briefing on the afternoon of 29 January ended with some breaking news – news that all women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) advocates have been waiting to hear for almost ten years now. Prakash Javadekar announced that the Cabinet had approved the long pending amendments to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, and spoke about the positive impact that it would have on women’s reproductive rights in India.