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
NEWDELHI: The Supreme Court of India wants to “stretch ” the law on abortion that will allow termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks if the foetus is suffering from severe abnormalities.
The SC bench of justices YV Chandrachud and SK Kaul said, “we need to stretch the law a little bit” while considering a petition by a pregnant woman wanting to abort her 25 week foetus.
33-year-old Sharmishta Chakraborty from Kolkata recently approached the SC asking permission to abort her foetus after she discovered that her child she carried suffered from severe cardiac problem.
Chakraborty presented to the court a report by Dr Devi Shetty, pediatric pulmonologist, which said the foetus was suffering from a severe form of cardiac impairment called pulmonary atresia and has a high possibility of permanent brain damage.
After going through the report, justice Chandrachud said, “In situations like these, you have to look at the quality of life for the mother too. Look at the plight of the mother who lives in a constant fear that her child will be brain dead even after a corrective surgery.”
NEWDELHI: Don’t eat meat, say no to sex after conception, avoid bad company, have spiritual thoughts and hang some good and beautiful pictures in your room to have a healthy baby.
This is ministry of Ayush’s prescription for pregnant women in India, where 26 million babies are born each year.
The recommendations are part of a booklet called Mother and Child Care, compiled by the government-funded Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) under the Ayush ministry, formed in 2014 to promote Indian traditional healing practices.
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Last month, the Jamnagarbased Garbh Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra — allegedly linked to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) — said couples can conceive the “best progeny” through purification, having sex on auspicious days and abstinence after conception.
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Union minister Shripad Naik, who released the booklet ahead of International Day for Yoga on June 21, said it was published three years ago and is a compilation of yoga practices that are believed to help pregnant women.
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