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Improving Access to Safe Abortion Care and Services in Northern Karnataka, India

Since 1999, Pathfinder International has worked in some of India’s poorest states to advance the reproductive health needs of vulnerable and underserved populations. Recently, Pathfinder expanded these activities to include programs addressing the longstanding problem of unsafe abortion. Under India’s 1971 Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, a woman in India can legally obtain an abortion if her pregnancy carries the risk of grave physical injury, endangers her mental health, is the result of contraceptive failure (for married women only) or rape, or is likely to produce a child with physical or mental abnormalities. Public knowledge of the law and access to safe services are still sorely lacking.

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