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Four more move Supreme Court for abortion

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | VRUSHALI PURANDARE
Published Jul 29, 2017, 2:02 am IST
Updated Jul 29, 2017, 2:02 am IST
The Mumbai woman is 21-week pregnant and her scans revealed the unborn child has fluid in the brain which is life threatening.
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Mumbai: Four pregnant women from Maharashtra have approached the Supreme Court with appeals to abort their unborn foetus, who have been detected with life-threatening abnormalities. Out of the four, the SC granted permission to the 21-year-old Mumbai homemaker to abort her abnormal foetus. 

The Mumbai woman is 21-week pregnant and her scans revealed the unborn child has fluid in the brain which is life threatening. The 21-year–old woman said, “ I thank the SC, for granting me the permission to abort my abnormal foetus. I was very much anxious and worried.” 

 

The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1971 bars abortion if the foetus has crossed the 20-week mark. An exception to the 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. 

“She is very young and we approached SC last week. The SC asked the petitioner to undergo an assessment in state-run J.J hospital. Based on that report today, SC passed the judgement that she can go for abortion.”

The second woman was visiting a municipal hospital where she learnt that her unborn child has a serious developmental defect called anencephaly (the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp that occurs during embryonic development). 

 

The third, a resident of Satara, is in her 24th week of pregnancy and her unborn child has a severe form of cardiac impairment called pulmonary atresia while the fourth, aged 25, is in the 21st week of pregnancy and her unborn child too has been detected with anencephaly. 

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