Informed Consent must for Family Planning: Centre

  • The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has written to all States to ensure that every person choosing family planning is provided options of his or her choice in a “spirit of voluntarism.”
  • Following protests over the focus on female sterilisation and the deaths of 13 women in Chhattisgarh last November, the Ministry has shot off a letter to the States underlining that female sterilisation is just one of the options in the “bouquet” of family planning choices and every individual should be counselled about the options available.
  • Following outrage over the deaths in Chhattisgarh and over the continued violations of the Supreme Court’s instructions on how the procedures should be carried out, the Centre has cracked the whip on “camps” conducted in unhygienic conditions and by bypassing rules.
  • The States have been instructed to ensure that all operations are conducted only inside health facilities with working operation theatres.
  • The Centre has asked the States to reorient all programme officers and service providers on the standard operating procedures for sterilisation.