Delhi: Five-year wait for law to ease abortion rules
Apr 19, 2019
NEW DELHI: Last month, when a woman in Maharashtra found out that her 22-week-old fetus had a brain condition that posed “substantial risk of serious physical handicap,” she had to move court because abortion is not allowed in India after 20 weeks. The woman and her husband would have been spared this trauma had a five-year old proposal to allow medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) up to 24 weeks in problematic cases become law.
It was in 2014 that the Union health ministry drafted the amendment to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act for cases in which doctors diagnose fetal abnormalities or substantial risk to the mother or the child.