India Woman Dies After Botched Abortion Punctures Her Uterus

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 7, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 7, 2006

Delhi, India ( — In what prosecutors are calling a case of negligence, a 30 year-old woman recently bled to death following an abortion in India. The woman bled to death following an abortion in which two doctors punctured her uterus.

The abortion was performed at a nursing home in south Delhi and the abortion practitioners say the death came about as a result of natural causes.

However, forensics experts who conducted an autopsy on the woman, known only as Sushmita, found the abortion damaged her womb resulting in excessive bleeding that led to her death.

Police in Delhi have filed homicide charges against the abortion practitioners, named Raizudin and Shabana.

According to a report in the Hindustan Times, Sushmita, a resident of Jasola, was four months pregnant at the time of the abortion. The newspaper reported that she was taken to the nursing home after she reported stomach pains.

After examining her, the abortion practitioners told her husband that she would need an abortion as soon as possible, though they didn’t specify why.

The Times reports that the two men who performed the abortion were not trained as doctors.

As many as six million abortions occur in India annually and the number could be higher. The figure is ten times the official government estimate and is likely so high because residents of the Asian nation consider abortion a method of birth control.

Ravi Duggal, coordinator of the Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes, conducted the APPI study.

Duggal told the Indo-Asian News Service, "Around 4.8 million abortions are performed by formal service providers and another one-third of the abortions by informal service providers."

By comparison, approximately 1.3 million abortions are reported annually in the United States.

Despite abortion’s legality, the study found that as many as one-third of women in India report complications following the abortion.

In December 2004, a woman was compensated by an Indian court after British-based abortion business Marie Stopes botched the abortion of her twins.