HIV-positive Indian has to abort her own foetus

I don’t know what part of this story sickens me most. Oh, I know, it was the AIDS-induced abortion-bloody sheets-took it out with her own hands and even cleaned the bed-refuse to treat-India-confidential part:

Health authorities in eastern India began a probe into reports Friday that an HIV-positive woman was forced to perform an abortion on herself after doctors refused help.

The 23-year-old woman was advised to have an abortion after testing positive for the deadly virus, but doctors at a state-run hospital in Kolkata refused to treat her because of her infection.

Medical staff at Kolkata Medical College left pills to induce an abortion by her bedside, said D. Pandey, a doctor at a non-profit group who is the woman’s neighbour.

“After taking the pills, she started bleeding and the foetus started coming out. She took it out with her own hands and even cleaned the bed,” Pandey told AFP.

The woman who had been six months pregnant was asked to leave the hospital immediately afterward, the doctor said.

People with the HIV virus which is carried in blood and other bodily fluids are sometimes denied access to hospitals and schools in India and face ostracism.

Surya Kant Misra, the health minister of West Bengal state of which Kolkata is the capital, ordered an inquiry into the report after the woman met him Thursday to complain about her treatment. Her name was kept confidential.

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