Which is the right answer? A new debate about abortion
Posted On August 2, 2021
By Anna Nagpande and Raju Sharma | 06 December 2017 07:06:19 Abortion rights activist Prashant Bhushan’s arguments for and against abortion have come to the fore.
A new poll has been conducted by the Times of India and the Times Now TV channel, with an aim to gauge the views of the community on the issue.
The survey shows that the people in the poll feel that abortion should be illegal, while the respondents feel that it should be permissible.
The people in both the polls also agree that abortion is morally wrong.
The results of the survey are the result of a two-day survey conducted on 11 December 2017, between 10am and 11pm in Bangalore.
The poll was conducted among a random sample of 6,500 respondents.
Respondents are likely to be more educated than those who are not registered to vote.
Among those who have voted in the last two elections, nearly one-fourth are women, and one-third are aged 25-34.
The data also reveals that most people support the right to abortion, while most do not believe that it is morally acceptable.
The respondents in both surveys agree that a woman should have an abortion as long as her life is in danger, or if she has a foetal abnormality.
They also agree with the opinion that women should not have to bear the responsibility of having an abortion if she does not want to.
Among the respondents, there is a clear divide on the question of whether or not a woman’s life is at risk.
Most of them support abortion on request.
Those who oppose abortion, however, think that it shouldn’t be allowed, because it has a negative impact on women’s health.
In a separate survey conducted by Times Now, respondents were asked to provide a response on the matter of abortion.
More than one-quarter of the respondents agreed that abortion was morally wrong, while only one-fifth disagreed.
The most common reasons given for not agreeing with abortion were that the woman has to bear child support, because of her poor income, because she is not able to support her children, or because she has no family.
Another survey conducted in September by the Hindu found that nearly one in five Hindus believe that abortion can be morally wrong; only 18% disagreed.
Among them, a large majority said that they believed abortion should not be allowed on the basis of the woman’s mental health, and only 9% disagreed with this view.
On the other hand, almost two in three Hindus agree with abortion in cases of rape and incest.
The Hindu poll shows that a majority of respondents feel abortion should always be illegal in India, but there are also many people who feel that this is a difficult decision to make.
The public has also started to change its opinion on the controversial issue.
According to the survey, the people feel that the issue of abortion is not important enough to be addressed in the current government and political parties.
In the survey conducted before the BJP’s election victory in 2017, only 32% of respondents thought that abortion in India should be allowed.
The BJP’s candidate for the Assembly elections in Delhi, Prashanth Bhushans son, had made the controversial statement that the current abortion law should be amended to allow abortion on demand.
The Congress had also made such a move.
On 12 December 2017 the Congress announced a bill that would allow abortion in instances of rape, incest and pregnancy of up to 20 weeks.
However, the government did not make a decision on the bill in Parliament and the issue has remained unresolved.
The AAP had also announced that it would bring in a bill on the abortion issue in the Assembly.
In February 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that abortion of 20 weeks is allowed in the case of rape or incest.
However the AAP has opposed the move.
The party’s president Manish Sisodia had said that the AAP would not support the government’s move in the Parliament.
The Supreme Court ruling has also not affected the debate on abortion in the country.
The People’s Party of India (MPI), which is the largest party in the national parliament, is yet to take a position on abortion.
However there have been some indications that the party is ready to accept the law.
The MPI has opposed abortion for any reason, and even if the law changes, it is not clear that it will be able to stop women from terminating a pregnancy.
However it is expected that the government will decide on abortion only if it is allowed by the Supreme court.
The issue of the right of the state to regulate abortion has been the subject of controversy since the time of the British colonial era.
The British Indian National Congress (BIC) had opposed abortion, saying that it was not a matter for the state and the population.
This stance was shared by the then-Maharashtra government, which passed the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1961.
This act was passed by the Congress and the BJP in the mid-1970s