ABORTION LAWS- MEDICAL TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY ACT

As per the U.N report of 2014, at least 71 countries allow abortion “to preserve a woman’s physical or mental health”. Moreover, 50 countries permitted abortion “to save a woman’s life”.

In India, Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 0f 1971 bars abortion if the foetus has crossed the 20-week mark. An exception to law is made if a registered medical practitioner certifies to a court that the continued pregnancy is life-threatening for the mother or the baby.

Recently on 3rd July 2017, Supreme Court allowed a woman to abort her over 20-week old foetus with severe abnormalities. She presented a report by paediatric pulmonologist, her foetus suffered from a severe form of cardiac impairment called Pulmonary Atresia, which said that there was a high possibility of permanent brain damage. Continue reading