India’s apex medical research organisation will notify next month the conditions under which doctors can withdraw life-sustaining treatment for terminally ill patients.
Once notified, the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) new glossary will become a reference point for doctors in determining limitation of treatment and providing palliative care at end of life.
“The draft definitions are being reviewed before getting approved and notified in January,” said Dr Roli Mathur, who is supervising the project.
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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. Continue reading