Getting pregnant should be a decision of woman: Mumbai HC

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Mumbai: After a long journey Mumbai High court made a decision which will bring a full stop to the ‘unwanted pregnancy’ and the years of ‘mental torcher’ of women.

Justice VL Tahilramani and Mridula Bhatkar, said on Monday that the scope of medical termination of pregnancy act should be extended to both married and women who are in a living-in-relationship and stays with their partners because they have a right to “lead a life of their choice.”

Women should be allowed to make this decision of not having a child, no matter what is the reason, which also comes under Article 21.

Under article 21, women can undergo abortion only if the pregnancy is of less than 12 weeks, with the consent of two medical practitioners because if it exceed to more than 12 to 20 weeks this may cause severe internal injuries to the pregnant women and her foetus and a substantial risk if the child born, then it may lead to physical or mental abnormalities. But now she is allowed to get aborted in the same time period of 12 to 20 weeks, even there is no risk to her “physical health.”

This decision has been taken under by the court, after the observation and the realisation of a news in which a pregnant prisoner were not taken to the hospital.

She had already informed to the jail authorities, about her decision of getting abort and so, the bench also suggested some measures for the women prisoners access to health and termination of unwanted pregnancy, easily.

The bench also said: “Pregnancy takes place within the body of a woman and has a profound impact on her health, mental well-being and life. Thus, how she wants to deal with this pregnancy must be a decision she, and she alone, can make.”