The Pioneer: Make an informed maternity choice

Swapna Majumdar

When 19-year-old Sonia visited the doctor at a Government facility for a pregnancy test, one of the first questions she was asked was whether she was sexually active. Although she was taken aback by this question, Sonia admitted to being so. Immediately, the doctor asked her to strip for a pelvic examination. Then without any warming, she inserted her finger in her vagina to check if Sonia was pregnant. Although she felt violated, Sonia could do nothing. She wasn't aware that she had the right to an informed consent to this procedure.

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