For decades, doctors in India have relied on female sterilization as their main contraceptive and perform around four million procedures a year.
Because of the early age that women begin bearing children, they are often at higher risk of death and need to space out or delay pregnancies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to introduce free injectable contraceptives as India is expected to become the world’s most populous nation by 2050.
Amongst the new modernizing system is a women’s activist group who disagrees and distrusts the safety of the new contraceptive. The statement made by the group urged that the government reconsider its decision, explore safer options for women, and increase awareness about condoms for men.
Regardless of what India decides to do, it’s exciting to see bigger conversations happening regarding women choosing what they wish to do with their own bodies.