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Supreme Court allows woman to abort 25-week fetus with no skull

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed a Pune-based woman to abort her 25-week fetus as its brain and skull had not developed.

A bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao allowed the woman’s abortion plea after a Medical board favoured termination of pregnancy, saying the baby, if born alive, was not likely to survive beyond 48 hours.

“This anomaly is not compatible with life and the child, if born alive, is unlikely to survive. There is no treatment for this anomaly. There is possibility of maternal complications and this pregnancy can be terminated,” the medical board of five senior doctors of Pune’s B JGovernment Medical College and Hospital said in its report.

Relying on the report, the bench allowed the woman to abort. “In the circumstances, we consider it appropriate in the interests of justice and particularly to permit the petitioner to undergo Medical Termination of her pregnancy under the provisions of Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971,” it said.

The court, however, deferred hearing on the plea of a 13-year-old rape survivor from Mumbai who sought permission to terminate her 30-week pregnancy as she could not reach J J Group of Hospitals for medical examination due to incessant rain in the city.

Source : timesofindia



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