By Koshika Krishna, Rizvi Law College, Mumbai University.
The United States of America faces a dilemma. An NGO sobriquet ‘Planned Parenthood’ has come under the radar of public outrage. This initiative started with the motto ‘Care. No matter what’, aimed to introduce America into the new era of family planning, reduced teenage pregnancy and maternal mortality rates. It was highly lauded by the federal government of America. However in recent times, this mighty name has been smeared with myriad incidences. One of these evidenced a criminal conspiracy to make money off aborted baby parts while the other shows its workers engaged in sex selection scandals. Sparking off in the aftermath, debates over ‘abortion right and ethics’. The people have been divided over the contentions of pro-life and pro-choice hence raising, many significant questions on this front. For instance, how far do the statutes of ‘right to privacy’ stretch. Do they refuge a woman’s right to freely decide the fate of the foetus within her womb? Or should one, as assumed in many religions, heed to the opinion that a foetus from the day of its conception is a living being and hence entitled to being protected under the homicide laws as any other human? (more…)