SC allows termination of 24-week pregnancy citing mother's health, foetus abnormalities

The Supreme Court on Monday permitted the termination of a 24-week-old pregnancy after medical reports said the foetus has severe abnormalities and it could gravely endanger the "mental and physical health" of the mother.

The plea is by an alleged rape survivor and the SC considered the report of the Mumbai hospital medical board saying continuance of pregnancy would gravely endanger the mother's life.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

It passed the order after taking assistance of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who said that there is a provision in the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, which allows the termination of pregnancy after 24 weeks if there is a threat to the life of the mother.

"We grant liberty to the petitioner and if she desires to terminate the pregnancy, she is permitted," the bench said.

The petitioner's lawyer, who spoke to Times Now, said that it was a case of "severe foetal deformity", and that there was no chance of survival at all, according to doctors. "It would have been grave to the health of the mother, in view to the Section 5 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act," he said.

The bench comprising Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra, after perusing the report of a medical board of KEM Hospital-Mumbai, said: "We direct the liberty to terminate the pregnancy by the pregnant mother in accordance with law."

The report by a team of seven doctors came in pursuance to the court's order on Friday to examine the pregnant mother and give its opinion on her plea seeking direction for the termination of the 24-week-old pregnancy.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Jul 25, 2016 15:32 PM

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