SC Allows Woman to Abort 25-week Foetus, Cites 'Sacrosanct Right'
The statement comes in the backdrop of a plea by a 25-week pregnant woman who wanted to abort the foetus on grounds of foetus abnormality
Image only for representational purpose. (Getty Images)
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a woman to abort her 25-week foetus on medical grounds, saying the woman has the right to decide whether she should have a child or not. The apex court said a woman has sacrosanct right over her bodily integrity and that this right is recognized under Article 21 of the Constitution.
The 25-week pregnant woman had filed a plea in the SC praying that she be allowed to undergo an abortion because the foetus has abnormalities which, according to medical advice, could prove fatal to the mother.
While accepting the plea, SC accepted the opinion by a medical board which stated child was likely to be born with serious deformities.
The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 (MTP) restricts an abortion in case of a fetal abnormality to 20 weeks of pregnancy. The government has, for long, been putting breaks on the amendment to MTP Act, arguing that it would give rise to illegal sex selection and abortion rackets.The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has reportedly returned the proposed amendments to the MTP Act to the health ministry and called for stricter implementation of the existing law.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.
Recommended For You
- This is My Father's Money, Says KBC 11 Crorepati Sanoj Raj
- Renault Kwid Electric Launched In China at Rs 6.22 Lakh, Gets 271Km Electric Range
- 2020 Women's U-17 FIFA World Cup to be Held in India from November 2-21
- Delhi Airport Facial Recognition Trial Calls for Establishment of Cybersecurity Laws
- Mi TV Netflix Support to Finally Roll Out on September 17, Suggests Teaser