Maharashtra to restrict sale of abortion pills

Concerned about the skewed sex ratio in Maharashtra, the State government has decided to restrict sale of `abortion pills` by including them in scheduled drugs` list.

Updated: Mar 11, 2011, 22:51 PM IST

Mumbai: Concerned about the skewed sex ratio
in Maharashtra, the State Government has decided to restrict
sale of `abortion pills` by including them in scheduled drugs`
list.

As a result, the pills would not be available without
doctor`s prescription.

"We are planning to make medical prescription compulsory
for buying the abortion pills...I have given directions to
include the pills in scheduled category," Health Minister
Suresh Shetty said on Friday.

The decision came after a meeting of a state-level
committee appointed to implement the Pre-conception and Pre-
Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex selection)
Act, 1994.

The Government would introduce a system for hospitals and
nursing homes to monitor all the abortions, he said.

"It is very shocking that five prosperous districts of
the state, viz Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Beed and Jalgaon,
have ratio of less than 900 girls per 1000 boys," Shetty
said.

State Government is contemplating having its own act to
prevent the female infanticide, which would be supporting the
Centre`s PCPNDT Act. The new act can cover recent techniques
of sex selection.

Advanced technologies such as `amniocentesis` are not
covered by existing acts, Shetty said.

PTI