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Agarwal, Sapna and Shveta Kalyanwala. Annotated bibliography on abortion in India. New Delhi: HealthWatch Trust, 2001.

Balakrishnan, R. The social context of sex selection and the politics of abortion in India, in G. Sen and R. C. Snow (eds.), Power and decision: the social control of reproduction. Cambridge: Harvard School of Public Health, 1994.

Bandewar, S., assisted by M. Sumant. Quality of abortion care: a reality from medical, legal and women’s perspective. Mumbai: CEHAT (Research Centre of Anusandhan Trust), 2002.

Bandewar, S., M. Lele and H. Pisal. Access to safe and legal abortion care: taking stock of impediments. Mumbai: CEHAT, 1997.

Bhatia, J.C. and J. Cleland. A community based study of gynaeclogical morbidity in southern India. Bangalore: Indian Institute of Management, 1995.

CEHAT. Database of research on abortion. Mumbai: CEHAT, 2002.

Chhabra, R. and S.C. Nuna. Abortion in India: an overview. New Delhi: Virendra Printers, 1993.

Duraisamy, P. Morbidity in Tamil Nadu: levels, differentials and determinants. Report, UNDP/GOI/IDRC, 1997.

Government of India. Report of the Shah committee to study the question of legalization of abortion. New Delhi: Ministry of Health and Family Planning, 1966.

Government of India. Guidelines for medical officers for medical termination of pregnancy up to eight weeks using manual vacuum aspiration technique. New Delhi: Maternal Health Division, Department of Family Welfare, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 2001.

Government of India. Expert group meeting on use of RU-486 for medical abortion, October 2002, at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. New Delhi: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 2002.

Government of India. Minutes of expert group meeting to review MTP act in the context of PNDT act. Held on 17 April 2002, chaired by Jt. Secretary, RCH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. New Delhi: No.M.12015/15/98-MCH.

Gupte, M., S. Bandewar and H. Pisal. Women’s perspectives on the quality of health and reproductive health care: evidence from rural Maharashtra. Bombay: CEHAT, 1994-1996.

Indian Council of Medical Research. Illegal abortions in rural areas: a task force study. New Delhi: ICMR, 1989.

Johnston, H.B. Abortion practice in India: a review of literature. Mumbai: CEHAT and HealthWatch, 2002.

Karkal, M. A bibliography of abortion studies in India. Bombay: International Institute of Population Studies, 1970.

Lingam, Lakshmi (ed). Understanding women’s health: a reader. New Delhi: Kali for Women, 1998.

Madhiwalla, N., S. Nandraj and R. Sinha. Health, households and women’s lives: a study of illness and childbearing among women in Nasik district. Mumbai: CEHAT, 1999.

Pachauri, Saroj (ed.). Implementing a reproductive health agenda in India: the beginning. New Delhi: Population Council, 1999.

Shandilya, T.K. Some salient features of the law of abortion in India: a close appraisal, in Tapan Kumar Shandilya (ed.), Population problem and development. New Delhi: Deep and Deep Publications, 1995.

United Nations Population Division. World abortion policies. New York: United Nations. Population Division. ST/ESA/SER.A/178, 1999.

World Health Organization. The prevention and management of unsafe abortion. Report of a technical working group. Geneva: World Health Organization, 1992.

World Health Organization. Abortion: a tabulation of available data on frequency and mortality of unsafe abortion (2nd ed.). Geneva: World Health Organization, 1994.



Agnihotri, Satish. Survival of the girl child: tunnelling out of the chakravyuha. ‘Economic and Political Weekly’ 38(41): 11 October 2003: 4351-4360.

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Barreto T., et al. Investigating induced abortions in developing countries: methods and problems. ‘Studies in Family Planning’ 23(3): May-June 1992: 159-170.

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Bhatia M.S. and N. Bohra. The other side of abortion. ‘Nursing Journal of India’ 81: IP 2: February 1990: 66-70.

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Bose, A. Curbing female foeticide: doctors, governments and civil society ensure failure. ‘Economic and Political Weekly’ 37(8): 23 February 2002: 696-697.

Chhabra, R. Abortions in India: an overview. ‘Demography India’ 25(1): 1996: 83-92.

Chunkath, S.R. and V.B. Athreya. Female foeticide in Tamil Nadu: some evidence. ‘Economic and Political Weekly’ 32(17): 26 April 1997: WS 21-28.

Datta Gupta, H. Lacunae of MCH services in India. ‘Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India’: 1993: 86-920.

Ganatra, B.R., K.J. Coyaji and V.N. Rao. Too far, too little, too late: a community based case control study on maternal morbidity in rural west Maharashtra state, India. ‘Bulletin of WHO’ 76(6): 1998: 591-598.

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Iyengar, V. and M. Gupta. MTP clients at a voluntary family welfare organization. ‘The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’: January 1991: 589-595.

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Jesani, A. and A. Iyer. Abortion: who is responsible for our rights? ‘Studies in Family Planning’ 24(2): March-April 1993: 114-129.

Kabir, S.M. Causes and consequences of unwanted pregnancies from Asian women’s perspective. ‘International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics’ suppl. 3: 1989: 9-14.

Karkal, M. Abortion law and the abortion situation in India. ‘Issues in Reproductive and Genetic Engineering’ 4(2): 1991: 223-30.

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Kaur, Manmeet. Female foeticide: a sociological perspective. ‘The Journal of Family Welfare’ 39(1): March 1993: 40-43.

Khan, M.E., B. Patel and R. Chandrasekhar. Study of MTP acceptors and their subsequent contraceptive use. ‘Journal of Family Welfare’ 36(3): September 1990: 70-85.

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Kishwar, M. Abortion of female foetuses: is legislation the answer? ‘Reproductive Health Matters’ 1(2): 1993: 113-115.

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Lingam L. Sex detection tests and female foeticide: discrimination before birth, in Abortions in India, Health Panorama no.2, June 2001. Mumbai: CEHAT, 2001.

Mallik, Rupsa. Negative choice: sex determination and sex selective abortion in India. ‘Urdhva Mula’ (an interdisciplinary journal on women and related issues) 2(1): May 2003: 60-84.

Manushi. Legal but not available: the paradox of abortion in India. January 2002.

Mathai, S.T. Making abortion safer. ‘The Journal of Family Welfare’ 2: June 1997: 71-80.

Menon, N. The impossibility of ‘justice’: female foeticide and feminist discourse on abortion. ‘Contributions to Indian Sociology’ 29: IP 1-2: January-December 1995: 369-92.

Mondal, A.U. Acceptance of induced abortions in rural society and scope of family welfare services. ‘Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’: October 1990: 282-287.

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Nirbhawne, N., J. Konojia, V.S. Toddywalla, S. Patel, S. Bedrabet, B.N. Saxena, S. Datte and L. Gaur. The Indian couple and gender preferences for their offsprings. ‘Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in India’: January 1996: 175-179.

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Prakash, Padma. New approach to women’s health care: means to an end? ‘Economic and Political Weekly’ 28(51): December 1993: 2783-2786.

Ramachandran, Vimala. Shying away from sexuality: government reproductive health programme. ‘Voices for Change’ 3(1):April 1999.

RHM. Making abortion safe. ‘Reproductive Health Matters’ 1(2): 1992.

RHM. Abortion: unfinished business. ‘Reproductive Health Matters’ 5(9): 1997.

RHM. Abortion: women decide. ‘Reproductive Health Matters’ 10(19): 2002.

Sarkar, N.N. Legally induced abortion in India. ‘Health and Population: Perspectives and Issues’ 16: IP 3-4: July-December 1993: 142-50.

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Shukla, Priyaranjan Kumar. Amniocentesis: societal receptiveness of legal regulations. ‘Journal of Family Welfare’ 3: 1992: 47-54.

Singh, S., D. Wulf and H. Jones. Health professionals: perceptions about induced abortions in south, central and southeast Asia. ‘International Family Planning Perspectives’ 23(2): June 1997: 59-67.

Sood, M., Y. Juneja and U. Goyal. Maternal mortality and morbidity associated with clandestine abortions. ‘The Journal of Indian Medical Association’ 93(2): February 1995: 77-79.

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Swain, S. Techniques of abortions practised in tribal and non-tribal regions. ‘Indian Journal of Preventive and Social Medicine’ 17(1): March 1986: 20-29.

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