Indian woman aborts baby because astrologer says child is bad luck

A woman from India gave the following reason for having an abortion:

“When I became pregnant for the second time, my husband injured his leg in an accident. He consulted an astrologer, who said that the (unborn) child may be inauspicious and suggested that we terminate the pregnancy. My in-laws and husband compelled me by saying, “Is your unborn baby’s life worth more than your husband’s?”

P Balasubramanian, TK Sundari Ravindran and US Mishra “Induced Abortion: A Study of Rural Tamil Nadu” in Leela Visaria and Vimala Ramachandran Abortion in India: Ground Realities (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2007) 268 – 269

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life Network. She lives in NJ.

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