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SC allows woman to abort 26-week foetus due to abnormalities

PTI
Published : Jul 3, 2017, 1:34 pm IST
Updated : Jul 3, 2017, 1:34 pm IST

The woman and her husband had approached the SC seeking permission for abortion for abnormalities which could be fatal to her too.

Supreme Court of India (Photo: PTI)
 Supreme Court of India (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court, on Monday, permitted a woman, who is in her 26th week of pregnancy, to abort her foetus that is suffering from severe cardiac ailments.

A bench of Justice Dipak Misra and M Khanwilkar said the procedure of termination of pregnancy should be carried out "forthwith" at the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata.

The direction came after the bench perused the report of the medical board and the SSKM Hospital, which adviced the termination of pregnancy on the grounds that the mother would suffer "severe mental injury" if the pregnancy is continued and the child, if born alive, has to undergo multiple surgeries for severe cardiac ailments.

"Keeping in view the report of the medical board, we are inclined to allow the prayer and direct medical termination of pregnancy of petitioner no. 1 (woman)," the bench said.

The woman and her husband had approached the apex court seeking permission to abort her foetus on grounds of abnormalities which could even be fatal to her.

Tags: abortion law, supreme court, pregnancy, maternity healthcare
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