Anu Aggarwal, an actor-turned-yoga instructor, says the new abortion law in the United States is shocking. The United States Supreme Court has set them back 150 years.

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US recently made abortion illegal. Overturning Roe V Wade historic decision of 1973 regarding abortion, the new law has removed the constitutional right of American women to abort. Many have expressed their opinion against the new law and spoken about how it curbs the freedom of women in American society. Actor turned Yoga guru, Anu Aggarwal too shares her opinion. “It’s simply shocking to see the older Roe V. Wade line of defence for women reproductive freedom under attack. The US Supreme court has taken them back by 150 years. This narrow minded approach shows little respect for women’s rights. Abortion is a personal issue as the responsibility of raising the child, though could be, and hopefully will be shared, originally rests with the woman. And if the woman is not financially independent, she is left in a quarry,” she says. Even though a lot of people may disagree, Anu feels India is one of the most progressive and spiritually ahead countries the world has. “We did have our pitfalls like everyone else, like our strict adherence to caste and class system etc. But regardless of that, as for Indians at large, humanity and human rights have been of great value. In fact it has been some of the invasions like the British for instance, which helped us lose our self-confidence in our own, ancient diamond culture. So, I really do hope we hold on to our mojo, rather than get influenced by the regressive stance of other countries,” she speaks about the possibility of this law affecting India. Abortion is a taboo topic in India. Agreeing, Anu adds, “But then so is mental health, and that is worldwide, which in a sense is a bigger issue. It is interesting to look into the psychology of ‘taboo’. There are so many social, religious customs that prohibit so many practices. I think to highlight abortion as a taboo topic is foolhardy.” Anu then goes on to talk about a heart wrenching first person experience of how abortions are conducted in India. She sounds disturbed talking about it. “It left me so shattered that I couldn’t eat for days. Lines of girls, women would occupy the long corridor of the ‘abortion room’, which had many single 3 by 6 feet beds next to each other where women were huddled, abortion performed in 5 minutes and they were asked to leave. When I was in my teens, I got a placement in a government hospital in Delhi. As a part of my training and counselling I was sent emotionally distraught cases. One of them was 16 year old girl called Indu who came for abortion. She was raped by her own brother. Her trauma and what she dealt with still makes me cry,” she ends.

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