In her hometown of Bhopal, India, a woman was being held by the state for refusing to undergo the surgical procedure she had been ordered to undergo in a local hospital.
The woman was forced to undergo what she thought was an emergency surgery, only to be told that it was not needed.
“I was very angry,” she said.
“How could a woman who has been given this surgery, who has lost her life, be asked to go through such a painful operation?”
A few days later, the woman’s condition deteriorated and she died.
In another case, a doctor was charged for allegedly ignoring a woman’s desperate pleas for the operation to be stopped.
The doctor was arrested and later convicted.
The case is not unique.
In several states, women have been denied abortion in the name of medical reasons.
“Women are being pushed into the dark corners of hospitals for unnecessary and illegal procedures, and they end up dying,” said Tarek Abbas, a senior member of the Campaign for Choice and Justice in India, an advocacy group.
“They are being denied care and they are dying.”
The procedure is not only illegal but also extremely risky, and women are often unable to take their own lives due to the side effects of the medication.
When the government launched a nationwide campaign in May to end the practice of mandating emergency surgeries, it said it was a way to give women the “time, space, and courage to choose abortion.”
The campaign was successful.
As of March 15, India has a total of 4.1 million abortions, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau.
Abortion is also a controversial topic in India.
In March, a parliamentary committee recommended that the country introduce a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation.
According to a recent poll, most Indians support abortion but oppose the procedure being made illegal.
A poll conducted in October by the Pew Research Center found that 71 percent of Indians support legal abortion, while only 32 percent oppose it.
A new law proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government would give the government greater power to regulate abortion, including mandating it only for the health of the mother, and banning abortions after 20-week gestation.
A group of doctors from the University of Lucknow, who participated in the new legislation, have been arguing that it is the right of women to decide whether or not to have an abortion.
“In the country where the majority of women are poor and are in rural areas, the medical and social support for women to have a child is extremely low,” said Dr. Anil Gupta, an expert in women’s health at the university.
Gupta added that the law will also protect women who are being forced into abortion.
It is unclear if India will be able to pass the legislation.
A committee has yet to take up the issue of abortion, according the India Today news agency.