Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day: Miscarriage And The Peculiar Cases Of Female Foeticide

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October 15 is Pregnancy Infant Loss and Remembrance Day, an international day to remember the 1 in 4 individuals and families whose lives are changed by the death of a child during pregnancy, at birth or in childhood.
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Hand holding a pink and blue awareness ribbon. (Image credit: iStock)

An Introduction

On September 28, 2006, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution to declare October 15 a remembrance day which is also known as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

It is basically for recognition of the unnatural birth cycle, stillbirth, and baby misfortune. We ought to express gratitude toward Mr Robyn Bear for his passionate endeavors and mindfulness activism of miscarriage.

What is Miscarriage?

We as a whole kinda have thought about what is a miscarriage yet at the same time we should know it in a detailed scientific way possible as well as in layman language. A miscarriage is also called early pregnancy misfortune when a premature baby dies in the womb (uterus) before 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Causes Of Miscarriage

  • Fatal chromosomal abnormalities
  • Blighted Ovum
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid
  • Disease Lupus
  • Maternal hormone problems

A Few Symptoms Of Miscarriage

  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal cramping

List Of The Countries That Care For Every Life –

Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Australian States of Western Australia, New South Wales, New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, France, Norway, Kenya, Latin America, Central America, South America, Russia, Germany, South Africa, Japan, China, and Kyrgyzstan.

India is not on that list. I mean wow!

Importance of Remembrance day 

As per Infant mortality, 2017, nearly about 4.1 million kids die within the very first year of their life and 2.6 million stillbirths (when a woman delivers a dead kid), every year between 17% to 22% of pregnancies getting a miscarriage due to some obvious cause mentioned above.

We can not do any magic or something to prevent a miscarriage but women can take care of themselves and men can take care of their wives to prevent a miscarriage because every life matters.

Female Foeticide in India

Illustration: Prathap Ravishankar

What is Female Foeticide?

It is the gender-selective abortion after knowing the gender of the child in its mother’s womb. If it turns out to be a female then the fetus is terminated illegally for the sole reason of the gender of the baby; that is female.

What did Govt. of India do to control female foeticide? 

There was a time when the female foeticide is at its peak. So, to put an end to it, the Govt. of India launched multiple schemes like giving monetary benefits to parents of a girl child at the time of birth and then taking care of the expenses of her school.

According to the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994, the prenatal sex determination of a fetus is banned.

My Point Of View

Since India has faced so many abortions and miscarriages but still we do not light a candle on the 15th of October as it is the remembrance day and most of the countries do participate in it but not India. This was shocking for me and after getting to know these horrible acts of miscarriages and female foeticides, Indians must light a candle in remembrance of the lost dear ones.

To wrap this here I would like to leave you all with a question 

Should India officially join and light a candle every year at 7 PM for the babies that died and killed? 

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Herman Dixit
Herman Dixit
3 years ago

Female foeticide is the worst kind of crime there is to commit…the people who are doing these should be punished harshly.

Sai Priya
Sai Priya
3 years ago

My heart goes out to every mothers who lost their babies but the female foeticides have created an uneven sex ratio in the country and especially in Haryana and parts of Rajastan where female infants are killed in order to avoid raising girls.
Fucking pieces of assholes!

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