Recently, Times of India published an article where it showed the concern Governmental bodies are having about the rising rate of teenage pregnancies.
Many of these pregnancies will come under the law as they will be classified as rape, as the pregnant female is below the age of consent.
Reporting these pregnancies to proper authorities like police and social services ethically should be done by all clinicians who come into contact with such cases.
Most of these women will opt for termination of such pregnancies because of social and financial reasons.
It is advisable that such terminations /abortions should only be done by qualified Gynaecologist in a Govt. recognised abortion (MTP) centre.
This will reduce the risk of complications and will make the procedure safe.
Privacy of the woman undergoing abortion is maintained as per the governing laws.
Some women choose to continue with the pregnancy for various reasons.
We also see cases, where first consultation with a doctor is done at a time when medical abortion can not be offered as the duration of pregnancy has gone beyond 20 weeks ( legal limit of termination of pregnancy)
In these cases routine and standard care of pregnancy is offered to the woman.
Delivery in an institution is done as per the guidelines.
Mass scale education through media programmes and live workshops in schools, colleges and societies may bring awareness on this sensitive topic.
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