Exploring the Transformative Potential of Medical Abortion for Women in India.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Reproductive Health Matters Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: May, 2010 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 35
Topic: NamedWork: Exploring the Transformative Potential of Medical Abortion for Women in India (Report)
Persons: Reviewee: International Centre for Research on Women
Accession Number: 236247783
Full Text: International Centre for Research on Women, 2010

Reproductive health commodities are ascribed values and given meaning by stakeholders, and these values influence women's access to commodities and realisation of their reproductive rights. Medical abortion was approved in India in 2002 and there is a growing demand for the pills, which are now available in 20 different brands. ICRW undertook a study between 2007 and 2009 to explore factors facilitating or constraining access to medical abortion in India. Their underlying premise was that medical abortion is potentially transformative for women because it increases their control over their reproductive health, and that the regulatory environment could influence this potential. Key stakeholders, stockists, providers, retailers and women were all interviewed. There were factors throughout the supply chain that both facilitated and deterred meeting women's needs and expectations for more autonomy in seeking medical abortion. The report recommends that awareness of medical abortion be promoted, access expanded, quality ensured, and that women's reproductive rights are promoted.

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