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Safe Abortion Day 2022: Explained: What are women's rights when it comes to abortion in India

While abortion is legal in India, the situation becomes complicated when foetus is of more than 12 weeks. There are various categories of women who are allowed to have their fetuses aborted till up to 24 weeks, but for most women, and especially unmarried ones, getting an abortion is not easy. This fact is also clear from the National Family Health Survey data which says more than one-fourth (or 27%) of the abortions were performed outside a hospital setting. The data also reveals that over 15% of women suffered some sort of complications due to the procedure.

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