In what could perhaps be seen as a skewed response to maternal upbraiding, courts in India have been okaying medical termination of pregnancies beyond the previous lakshman rekha of 20-24 weeks. Recently, a 27-week-old foetus was cleared for abortion. Court-sanctioned abortions in India have gone beyond the doors of matrimony
Acknowledging the dilemma that women undergo while taking a decision to terminate a pregnancy, the Delhi High Court noted that “the ultimate decision in such cases ought to recognize the choice of the mother, as also the possibility of a dignified life for the unborn child.”
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The Kerala State Legal Services Authority sought permission for medical termination of the pregnancy of the victim, alleging that her consent was required for abortion, since she was a major but as she was mentally-challenged, the victim was not in a position to grant consent for the same
The plea claimed that the petitioner woman is in the 24th week of her pregnancy and on carrying out medical examinations, it has been reported that the foetus is suffering from facial hemorrhage and hydrocephalus.
The Delhi High Court on Monday allowed the medical termination of a 28-week foetus relying on the report of the expert committee comprising doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).