New Delhi: India has a strict anti-abortion law that prohibits medical termination of pregnancy after a period of 20 weeks, except when the mother’s health and life are at risk. The law is intended to prevent the practice of female foeticide, rampant in a patriarchal society obsessed with a male heir.
A pregnant woman from West Bengal was allowed by the Supreme Court on Monday to abort her 26-week foetus suffering from grave cardiac ailments.
The decision is based on a report filed by a medical board and Kolkata’s SSKM Hospital advising an abortion.
“The medical board report clearly reveals that the mother shall suffer mental injury if the pregnancy is continued and there will be multiple problems if the child is born alive. It has categorically arrived at a conclusion that in a special case of this nature, the pregnancy should be allowed to be terminated after 20 weeks,” the court said.
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra directed the hospital to terminate the pregnancy.
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