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India To Offer Injectable Contraceptives As Part Of No-Cost Family Planning Program

Inter Press Service: Debate Roils India Over Family Planning Method
“The Indian government’s decision to make injectable contraceptives available to the public for free under the national family planning program (FPP) has stirred debate about women’s choices in the world’s largest democracy and second most populous country…” (Lal, 11/29).

Quartz: After battling women’s rights groups for years, India is finally rolling out injectable contraceptives
“…[F]emale sterilization remains the more popular choice, accounting for over 75 percent of contraceptive use in India. The procedure is offered for free by government-run camps, but negligence and even gross human rights violations have often led to deadly results. That could explain why the government is now increasing the number of free-of-cost methods on offer under its long-running family planning program to include injectable contraceptives featuring the drug depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, or DPMA. Currently, the program offers female and male sterilization, IUDs, condoms, and pills for free…” (Thomas, 11/30).

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