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First helpline for abortion

delhi Updated: Jul 23, 2010 01:06 IST
Rhythma Kaul
Rhythma Kaul
Hindustan Times
Independence Day

This Independence Day, India will have its first call centre to provide information regarding safe abortion. The number— 1800103993, will be toll-free and can be accessed from anywhere in the country.

A Marie Stopes India (MSI) initiative, part of European non-profit family planning service provider, the move is aimed at reaching out to the under served population and improving maternal health in the country.

MSI also aims to bring down maternal mortality rate in the country. Emphasis is also put on family planning methods
to reduce unwanted pregnancy.