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English Response on the Article Abortion Issue reflects ironies of modern living by Jayanthi Nataranjan

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English Response on the Article "Abortion Issue reflects ironies of modern living" by Jayanthi Nataranjan Jayanthi Natrajan, a Congress MP and AICC spokesperson, highlights the incongruity between the thrill of motherhood and the ordeals of abortion, through her article titled "Abortion issue reflects ironies of modern living". She focuses on the trauma and mental strain that the protagonist, "Niketa Mehta" and her family encountered on discovering that their unborn child may have a congenital heart abnormality. The writer writes the article in an argumentative tone where she gives her own points of view which are mostly for Niketa Mehta's decision. In this response I am going to talk about the argument over abortion and should the decision of the court always be based on the law. She explores the subject of "abortion" in the Indian context keeping in mind the various legal, social and religious viewpoints on the subject. Abortion has been a "taboo" in India yet practiced clandestinely. Through the Niketa Mehta case, Jayanthi Natrajan analyses in depth abortion and how it is perceived by law, by society and by religion in India, the emotional upheaval experienced by the mother of the child going through the abortion, as well as the reasons, both legal and illegal, necessary and unnecessary, which cause people to abort their unborn child She starts the article by throwing light on the details on the case and abortion. ...read more.


She moves onto discussing the details of abortion the law enforced on it, in other countries compared to India. She thinks that the Indian court is not very strict and this is the reason why people like Niketa Mehta have courage to take the case to the court. The subject of abortion has been debated worldwide and in different geographies, it is perceived differently. In several countries around the world, religious leaders have taken a strong stand on abortion. Yet in India, religious leaders are not very aggressive on the subject. The reason could be because India is made of diverse religions and they do not seem to be on consensus on the subject matter amongst them. There is not much debate on the morality of the issue. Again this could be because, although it is widely practiced, abortion is still something spoken off in hushed tones and kept under wraps. Jayanthi Natrajan believes that for once politicians have not politicized the issue as "it is not political dynamite that some vested interests like to exploit in a bid to divide society and gain political advantage". Jayanthi starts talking about the law of India which states that a fetus cannot be aborted after 20 weeks but at the same time opposes the law as abnormalities in a fetus can be found only after it is 20 weeks old. ...read more.


is acceptable. But can a license be given to individuals to abort "at will"? Ones heart goes out to Niketa Mehta and her plight and predicament. But at the same time, it is important to understand that there are two sides to every coin. Abortion may be justified, even necessary, in cases like Niketa Mehta. Yet, it is very easy to abuse the license to abort in a country where abortion is rampant in case of the girl-child. The male-female ratio, heavily skewed in favor of males, is ample proof of this. Jayanthi writes the article in a very indirect tone giving all her points in details where the reader clearly understands what she tries to emphasize on with the help of various example keeping in mind that it is very formal and does not go against any individual. She conveys the message to the reader with the help of many repetitions such as "debate" and "dilemma." It is a gripping article and which keeps the reader engaged till the end and giving her valid points also makes the reader sympathize with the Mehtas and many readers might begin to agree with Jayanthi Nataranjan. In the final analysis, the article is an eye opener and a wakeup call to bring out the issue of abortion into the open, conduct a national debate to get a cross section of viewpoints and reframe laws to accommodate cases like Niketa Mehta yet keep a check on misuse of the license to abort. ...read more.

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