Providing quality abortion care: Findings from a study of six states in India.
Chander Shekhar, Aparna Sundaram, Manoj Alagarajan, Manas R Pradhan, Harihar Sahoo
Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare | Published : 2020
OBJECTIVE: Although abortion has been legal in India since 1971, but very little research has been done so far on the issue of the quality of abortion services. To fill this gap, this paper examines whether the quality of abortion services provided in the country is in line with the WHO's recommendations. STUDY DESIGN: We analyse a cross-sectional health facilities survey conducted in six Indian states, representing different sociocultural and geographical regions, as part of a study done in 2015. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Percentage of facilities offering different abortion methods, type of anaesthesia given, audio-visual privacy level, compliance with the law by obtaining woman's consent only..View full abstract