Relaxing its age old legal restriction on abortion, the Supreme Court on July 25 allowed a rape victim to terminate her 24-week pregnancy.
The victim had been pregnant for 24 weeks when doctors found that she had a malformed foetus, which posed a danger to her life.
The decision was taken by a bench that was headed by justice JS Khehar who permitted the abortion after a board of seven doctors declared that the foetus was a danger to the woman’s health.
On July 22, the apex court had directed Mumbai’s KEM hospital to set up a panel of experts to examine the pregnant women who resides in Maharashtra.
During the hearing, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi had submitted a report that told the apex court that the medical termination of pregnancy act allowed abortion, if the foetus posed a severe risk to the mother’s life.
During her hearing, the woman had told the court that her foetus was diagnosed with anencephaly, which is a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull.
The woman also said that she was raped by her former fiancé who had gone back on his promise to marry her and that she only found out about the pregnancy after 20 weeks had passed.