The literature acknowledges negative perceptions and stigma against abortion exist in India, both in the general community and among health care providers, potentially posing barriers to accessing safe abortion services and the quality of care, empirical research into the nature of stigma and its operation among individuals, communities, and institutions, is scarce. This exploratory study has been a step towards addressing this gap. The study was set to explore the perceptions of induced abortion in two marginalized communities of India, tea plantation workers from Assam and traditional fisher-folk from Kerala.
Five-level ecological model have been used to explain the negative social perceptions and stigma around abortion which focuses on – Individual, community, institutional, legal and mass media & culture. In-depth interviews among young people and key informants from the community and local institutions were the primary method of data collection during June-August 2021.
Souvik Pyne et.al. Perceptions regarding induced abortion among marginalized communities in India: A qualitative exploration. The YP Foundation. 2022.