SC allows 24-week pregnant woman to abort

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today delivered a historic decision and allowed a Mumbai-based woman with 24-week-old-foetus to undergo medical termination of pregnancy as its continuation could endanger her life.

The SC bench was comprised of Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice L. Nageswara Rao allowed the termination after a board of seven doctors said there was no chance of the foetus with an undeveloped skull surviving outside the uterus.

The medical board which examined the 22-year-old woman at Mumbai’s KEM Hospital also said that allowing the pregnancy to complete its full course could “gravely endanger” the mother’s life.

The court permitted the termination of pregnancy taking into account the facts of the case and also that allowing the pregnancy take its full course may endanger the life of the woman.

A pregnancy could be terminated in the normal course if it is up to 12 weeks, under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.

But pregnancy between 12 to 20 weeks can be terminated if in the opinion of two doctors the continuation of the pregnancy would involve a risk to the life of the pregnant woman or of grave injury physical or mental health.

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