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Whose Womb Is It?

We need to hand over the ownership of the womb to the woman and that is the only solution for a dilemma—to abort or not!

Whose Womb Is It?
Whose Womb Is It?
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2017-04-01T11:00:37+05:30

Do I own my stomach, my intestines, the liver and the rest? I think I do, morally and legally. I can donate one of these organs (even sell it on the sly) or will my entire cadaver to medical students after my death. That signifies an ownership beyond life. So, I have absolute property rights over my body because I am a man. A woman doesn’t own her uterus. She has no right over the womb or what grows in it? A father is only an idea legitimised by panchayats and Parliament, whereas a mother is a biological reality. And the foetus is a part of the whole that the mother is. She ought to be the sole owner and arbiter of the womb and what lies in it. But our judiciary will not let the mother take ownership of her body. Morality, law and societal sanctions circumscribe her sexual and reproductive rights.

Even within the normal bounds of our insensitive, patriarchal society, it is imp­ossible to understand the position of our courts on foetuses that are sick. Recently, a woman sought permission to terminate her pregnancy as the foetus was found to have Down’s...

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