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Women and Abortion

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Women and Abortion Amar Jesani Aditi Iyer Women and their right to determine their sexuality, fertility and reproduction are consideration that have seldom, if ever, been taken into account in the formulation of policies related to abortion THROUGH the broad sweep of history, women have practised various forms of birth control and abortion. These practices have generated intense moral, ethical, political and legal debates since abortion is not merely a medico-technical issue but "the fulcrum of a much broader ideological struggle in which the very meanings of the family, the state, motherhood and young women's sexuality are con tested" [Petchesky R P, 1986: vii].

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