Abortion in Qatar Versus Abortion in India

Qatar, an Arab country in the Middle East is well-known for its high GDP owing to oil and natural gas reserves and now also seen as a futuristic country with tall skyscrapers. It may come as surprise to some that a country classified by the United Nations (UN) as having very high human development, also has restricted abortion rules.

Many women throughout the world suffer from unwanted pregnancies at some stage of their lives. However, they may sometimes not have the right to seek termination for an unwanted pregnancy. Abortions are governed by a certain set of rules in each country which may or may not be the same.

This post intends to help such women living with unwanted pregnancies to learn about their best option for abortion in Qatar.

Abortion laws in Qatar:

 

Circumstances that permit abortion in Qatar:

Abortion in Qatar is illegal in most circumstances. It is legal only in events where termination of pregnancy seems crucial for saving the woman’s life as diagnosed by three registered medical practitioners.

As of today, abortion in Qatar is legal even in cases it has been diagnosed that the child will be born with physical or mental disabilities.

Consent for abortion in Qatar:

Abortion in Doha, Qatar is permissible in the aforementioned cases only if consent for abortion is given by both parents. So, a woman who due to other circumstances may not want to continue an ongoing pregnancy has no legal choice.

Gestation period:

As mentioned above, even in such circumstances, abortion is legal if the gestation length is less than four months (up to 16 weeks).

Abortion as a punishable offence:

Abortion in Qatar is illegal and is considered a sin liable for punishment. Do not ever try to obtain an illegal abortion in Doha, Qatar because

  • You can be imprisoned for five years.
  • Even the person(s) who help a woman in illegal pregnancy termination can be imprisoned for five years.

We are concerned about your problem just like for many other women undergoing similar situations throughout the world, especially in the Middle East countries. And hence, we wish to bring to your kind notice that you do have safe and legal abortion options on foreign land.

But to make the wise and the best choice, there are many considerations you may need to look at. In this post, we shall shed light on your safe abortion options.

Living in Qatar and seeking a safe, legal and confidential abortion:

Abortion in Qatar is not an option for you if:

  • Your pregnancy is unwanted due to any personal reason like that of getting pregnant out of wedlock. Unmarried girls in Qatar are punished for getting pregnant in the first place, may even have to face the family’s and the community’s wrath and if she tries to opt for an illegal abortion by risking her life, she is imprisoned.
  • Your pregnancy is a result of contraceptive failure.
  • You have a complete family and may not want another child.
  • Your pregnancy is a result of a rape/incest, an immoral act.
  • You do not wish to continue the pregnancy due to social or economic reasons.

If these situations sound similar to you, then you may be asking yourself many questions, like:

Should I opt for a Do It Yourself (DIY) abortion?

Should I try buying abortion pills online?

Should I contact someone who can perform an abortion on me in secrecy?

What if I get caught? What if somebody knows about my abortion?

Will the abortion be successful?

Who do I reach out to guide me?

Unwanted pregnancy is a very sensitive issue, both in terms of health as well as the societal stigma associated with it. But, let us remind you that you have safe abortion options. So, please relax and read ahead to make the wise decision, since it is a matter of your health and life.

There are a few points you should know if you are trying to go for an unsafe abortion method.

  • Your abortion may not be complete. What will you do then?
  • Your abortion may cost you maternal morbidity or mortality. You can do nothing after that.
  • Your future pregnancies may be affected. Again, what will you do then?
  • You are doing something illegal in the country you reside. What if you get caught?

These are the questions you should know so that you may not fall in for an unsafe method of abortion. Please, do not risk your life. Here are your safe abortion options.

Abortion in India:

India is regarded as a country that recognizes the problems of unwanted pregnancies and the risks associated with unsafe abortions. Hence, abortion in India is legal under broad circumstances for which abortion in Qatar is regarded as illegal.

Here, you can obtain an abortion only with your consent if you are an adult, i.e., have attained the age of 18 years legally for up to 20 weeks in general circumstances and up to 24 weeks in special cases.

Abortion in India rules are the same for all women obtaining an abortion at a registered abortion clinic in India, which means you as a foreigner or an ex-pat coming for abortion in India can obtain an abortion legally.

But should you go to any random abortion clinic in India and have a safe abortion? Certainly not. Though the legality remains the same, many things go in choosing the best abortion clinic or the MTP centre.

Here, is your best choice and you will eventually learn what makes American Hospital, Bangalore your best abortion option.

Abortion at American Hospital Bangalore (AHB) for a woman coming from Qatar:

Travelling to Bangalore from Qatar:

You have a very easy short-flight option of nearly 4 hours from Qatar to Bangalore and vice versa. So, it’s easy, short and affordable. Even if you arrive in India in any other state via a short flight, you can easily travel to Bangalore since it is a very well-connected city with both international and domestic flight options available.

Within the city, you can travel via pre-booked cabs or hire an on-spot cab or any other means of local transport. You will love the pleasant weather of the city and it will help you calm down since you are on the land where you can avail a safe abortion.

You can reach the hospital through any local transport very easily. GPS directions for the hospital’s location can guide you.

Now, before you book your flight tickets, it is better you know a few things before availing of abortion in Bangalore.

Know your gestation length.

If you know your gestation length, then there are three recommended abortion methods by the World Health Organization (WHO) which are governed by the length of pregnancy. These are:

The medical method of abortion:

  • Gestation period:

Medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) is the method that is prescribed for very early abortions (6-8 weeks). It is done by safe abortion pills. Pills may be given to you for oral administration or inserted vaginally by the doctor as he/she may see fit for your case.

  • The Pills and the abortion process:

With this method of abortion, you will need two appointments or even in a single appointment, the first pill may be given to you at the same time. It is Mifepristone, which is an anti-progestin. It will block the secretion of progesterone in your body which is essential for the growth of the fetus.

The second pill is Misoprostol which you will be asked to take after some hours or the next day. It will bring uterine contractions and the embryo will come out as menstrual flow.

  • Pain and bleeding:

Since the method involves a normal vaginal flow, you can expect to bleed for up to a week. It may be accompanied with moderate to severe pain since abdominal cramping and uterine contractions will be going on for expelling out the products of gestation.

  • Efficiency:

The medical method of abortion is 95%-98% effective. This means that abortion with this method may lead to an incomplete abortion for some women.

Usually, bleeding should stop after a week of administration of the abortion pills. But, if it doesn’t stop, it may mean that there are some products of gestation still in the uterus. These have then to be surgically removed to complete the abortion to avoid any complications.

  • Complications with self-administration of abortion pills:

Most importantly, Do not self-administer abortion pills. You may land up in severe complications, like:

    • Incomplete pregnancy. If you have self-administered abortion pills and the abortion remains incomplete, you will need surgical intervention to remove all products of gestation.
    • In case you have not ascertained that the pregnancy is intrauterine, abortion will not happen with pills if the pregnancy is ectopic. This can be fatal.

At AHB, your doctor will prescribe you abortion pills only if the pregnancy is intrauterine and not progressed beyond 8 weeks.

  • Women from Qatar and the Medical abortion method:

Since you will be travelling to a foreign land for safe abortion, you may want:

    • Not to be in discomfort with pain and bleeding for up to a week.
    • Not to wait for a week to be sure that the abortion is complete.
    • To go back with the confidence of successful abortion.

If you seek a successful abortion in a single day, then you have a better choice coming up.

Vacuum Aspiration method of abortion:

  • Gestation age:

WHO recommends this method of abortion for pregnancies that are less than 12 weeks.

  • The Process:

Through the VA method of abortion, the embryo is sucked by inserting a small tube in the vagina. Suction is applied for sucking the embryo either manually or through an electric motor.

Since the sucking has to be done efficiently, the method must be performed by qualified and trained doctors so that all uterine contents can be evacuated without causing any pain and discomfort to the patient.

  • Complications associated with DIY or unsafe VA method of abortion:

If the method is not performed by trained professionals,

    • Abortion may not be complete. Some products of gestation may remain in the uterus.
    • If not done with care, it may lead to an internal injury, can cause haemorrhage, excessive bleeding and even shock.
    • It can lead to infections if proper sterilization of all tools is not done and medicines not prescribed to avoid them.
    • Injury to internal organs may even affect your future pregnancies.

Advantages of having Vacuum Aspiration Method of abortion at AHB for women coming from Qatar:

  • VA method of abortion at AHB is done by highly qualified and experienced doctors with internationally trained nurses to assist them.
  • At AHB, the latest equipment and techniques are used to make the method gentle. It takes only 3-10 minutes to complete the abortion.
  • The method is done under mild anaesthesia to make it painless and for the comfort of the patient.
  • Since most of the contents are evacuated, you can expect zero to minimum bleeding.
  • Chances of infection are minimum since complete care is taken to maintain the hygiene of the premises. All equipment is sterilized before and after each procedure and medication is prescribed to aid in rapid healing as a part of post-abortion care.
  • You will be discharged the same day with this single appointment procedure.
  • Since the doctors are highly experienced in handling abortions, the method is completely safe and nearly 100% efficient. You can return with the confidence of a completed abortion.
  • You can return to your normal life within a couple of days with no pain or scars or fear.

Dilatation & Evacuation (D&E) or the Surgical method of abortion:

  • Gestation age:

As recommended by the WHO, the D&E method of abortion should be prescribed for terminating intrauterine pregnancies that are less than 20 weeks.

  • The abortion process:

D&E method of abortion is done by dilatating the cervix and then with the help of slender medical tools, the uterine lining is scraped to detach the implanted embryo and other gestation products.

Since this method is slightly invasive and hence, the name surgical abortion, it has to be performed by well qualified and trained healthcare professionals who are registered practitioners for performing surgical abortions.

Complications associated with an unsafe surgical method of abortion are similar to those associated with the vacuum aspiration method. However, since uterine perforation is needed in the D&E method, the risk of internal injury is more. And hence for the safety of health and life of women, it is required that surgical abortion procedures be performed only by registered medical practitioners licensed to perform abortion surgeries at registered abortion clinics only.

Advantages of having D&E Method of abortion at AHB for women coming from Qatar:

  • D&E method of abortion at AHB is done by highly qualified and experienced doctors with internationally trained nurses to assist them. The abortion team at AHB has extensive experience of more than 40 years in performing successful abortions at different gestation lengths.
  • At AHB, the latest equipment and techniques are used to make the method gentle. It takes less than 30 minutes to complete the abortion.
  • The method is done under general anaesthesia to make it painless and for the comfort of the patient.
  • Since most of the contents are evacuated, you can expect zero to minimum bleeding.
  • Chances of infection are minimum since complete care is taken to maintain the hygiene of the premises. All equipment is sterilized before and after each procedure and medication is prescribed to aid in rapid healing.
  • You will be discharged the same day with this single appointment procedure.
  • Since the doctors are highly experienced in handling abortions, the method is completely safe and nearly 100% efficient. You can return with the confidence of a completed abortion.
  • You can return to your normal life within a couple of days with no pain or scars or fear.

 

Safe, legal and confidential abortion in Bangalore at AHB:

Besides being the best in healthcare facilities and the abortion team, AHB turns out to be the choicest abortion clinic for the majority of women seeking abortion options for unwanted pregnancies owing to several unique advantages. These are:

  • When you come by a prior appointment which you can make by giving the hospital a call on the helpline number, you will not have to wait. We understand the need for an early abortion for an unwanted pregnancy from both perspectives, health and your need. So, you will be provided with the earliest possible appointment without any reason for delay.
  • You will be given a private one-to-one consultation and you can feel comfortable with your doctor. A nurse will stay by your side to attend to your needs and give you emotional support.
  • The doctor will listen to your case patiently and professionally. The length and location of your pregnancy will be checked through a transvaginal scan to prescribe the best abortion method and to rule out the complication of an ectopic pregnancy. Some clinical diagnostic findings will be done to avoid complications.
  • Abortion procedure will be carried out in a specialized Operation Theatre equipped with all the necessary medical tools and medicines. It will be a Gentle care abortion, absolutely painless.
  • After the abortion, you can rest in the private room allotted to you where a nurse can stay with you. You can also bring a companion.
  • The doctors and other staff members at AHB are non-judgmental and you can expect to be treated with care and concern with no stigma associated with your pregnancy or abortion decision.
  • Your abortion details shall not be disclosed to anyone besides yourself as AHB follows strict non-disclosure of any personal details. So, you can expect a highly confidential abortion.

The biggest thing is that you, your health and your abortion status all are in safe hands.

Whatever method of abortion be prescribed as suggested best suiting your health conditions, gestation age and other factors combined, you can return with a stress-free mind of having availed a successful, safe, legal and confidential abortion in India.

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