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Constitute board to give opinion on aborting 30¬week foetus, says HC


Nov, 24 2018 : Hindustan Times
NEW DELHI : The Delhi high court has directed that a medical board be constituted at AIIMS to opine on the termination of an around 30-week-old pregnancy. The direction comes after a 27-yearold pregnant woman approached the court on Thursday, seeking permission to terminate her pregnancy after getting to know of abnormalities in the foetus.
"A medical board at AIIMS be constituted who would give their opinion on the termination of pregnancy possible in accordance with law," the bench said, maintaining that the report has to be submitted by November 28.
A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V Kameswar also sought the response of the Centre and the Delhi government on the woman"s plea, wherein she has challenged the constitutional validity of a section of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971, which restricts abortion of foetus after 20 weeks.
According to the petition, filed through advocate Sneha Mukherjee, the woman got to know that the foetus was suffering from various abnormalities on November 14, at the gestational age of 28 weeks and four days. Following this, she wanted to abort the foetus.
However, having crossed the 20-week mark, she could not take this step as termination of pregnancy under the MTP Act restricts abortion after 20 weeks.
The petition stated that for a woman to avail of abortion services under section 3(2) (b) of the MTP may have been reasonable when the section was enacted in 1971 but has ceased to be reasonable today where technology has advanced and it is perfectly safe for a woman to abort even up to the 26th week and thereafter.
".....the denial of her right to an abortion has caused the petitioner anguish and forced her to continue her pregnancy while being aware that the foetus may not survive...The ceiling of 20 weeks is arbitrary, harsh, discriminatory and violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India," the plea read.




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