It’s high time we get rid of these pernicious myths about abortion that add to abortion stigma and make abortion harder to access for women and trans people seeking access to reproductive healthcare.
1. Abortions are dangerous.
Let’s put to rest the myth that abortions are a dangerous procedure. Abortions, when conducted by legitimate and registered medical professionals, are a very safe procedure with minimal risks.
2. Restricting abortion access lowers the rate of abortion
Let’s remember that restricting access to abortion does not reduce the number of abortions that take place, only the number of safe ones. Unwanted pregnancies are often a desperate affair, with people going to any cost to get rid of it. In this scenario, isn’t it better to make sure safe and legal abortion is a viable option?
3. Only bad women require abortions.
Let’s get rid of the moral judgment attached to women seeking abortions. Abortion is much more common than you’d think, and people seek abortions for many different reasons – as is their right! 26-41%of all pregnancies end in abortions.
4. Free availability of abortions leads to sex selective abortions being carried out.
Abortions are not the same as son selection – let’s not conflate these two issues. Only two to four per cent of abortions in the country are son selective abortions. By viewing these two issues as one and the same, abortion is stigmatised and made harder to access for many women.
In Vivah, Sooraj Barjatya has made contrasting portrayals of Rama and Krishnakant — the man as a calm, rational and composed, and the woman as conniving and high on her emotions, reveal the inherent sexism of Sooraj Barjatya.