Anand Agarwal and Deepak Srivastava article A medical professional who gets pregnant is not the only female doctor to face an ethical dilemma.
While female doctors have been able to get pregnant during medical training programmes, it is still considered unethical to have an abortion while performing the procedure.
In the latest case, a 28-year-old Indian doctor was given permission by her local health authorities to carry out an abortion in an open area while performing her medical training.
Dr Vidyasagar Bhanu, who had been undergoing training at an Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (IIMS), was performing the first trimester procedure on a man who was suffering from a severe case of cancer.
“He was already in a hospital, so I didn’t need a separate appointment.
However, I went to the local hospital to inform the doctor about my concerns,” Dr Bhanusar told NDTV.
She explained that she felt the woman’s life was in danger, and that she was not in a position to give her informed consent.
“I had been told by my husband that I would be a liability for him if I went ahead with the abortion,” she said.
Dr Bhanur, who works in the emergency department, said she had to ask her husband to take her to a local hospital.
The husband was not available for comment.
The doctor is not alone in facing ethical dilemmas.
There are also cases of doctors taking abortions while in the middle of medical training, but not before the procedure, in some cases resulting in severe health problems for the woman and the fetus.
“There is no such thing as a female doctor who will terminate her pregnancy.
There is no requirement for a woman to take a pregnancy test or any other tests before performing an abortion,” Dr Srivasamy Kapur, a former director of a public health and public health services think tank, told NDtv.
“What we have to do is get a male doctor to be a surrogate mother for her and carry out the pregnancy,” he said.
Doctors have faced similar ethical dilemas in India before.
In 2016, a woman was denied permission to have a baby because she was in the process of carrying out her medical education and training, according to a report by the Times of India.
The woman was in hospital undergoing a surgery, but was not allowed to attend the hospital’s medical examination.
“After a while, I was told by the medical officer that I am not allowed anywhere near the hospital.
I was scared and asked the hospital to allow me to stay in the operating room,” the woman told the newspaper.
A female medical officer at a hospital in Mumbai told NDtoday that the problem of female doctors who get pregnant while performing procedures is more prevalent in rural areas.
“It is not uncommon for a female to go into labour while performing an operation, and she may end up having to have another child.
There has been a lot of medical research on the issue, but the issue of female patients being denied permission for abortion has remained a very difficult one,” she told NDtelevision.