Doctors want reform in Indian abortion law


Doctors want reform in Indian abortion law

Maitri Porecha
Wed, 5 Jul 2017

Supreme Court’s decision to allow a woman to abort a 26-week-old foetus diagnosed with incurable heart anomalies is in favour of women’s rights, doctors assert. The present law does not allow termination of pregnancy after 20 weeks of gestation, except in exceptional cases. Section 3(2)(b) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act prohibits abortion of a foetus after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

In this Kolkata’s woman’s case, in her 21st week of pregnancy, an ultrasonography picked up pulmonary atresia, a condition in which blood vessels supplying blood to the heart are absent.

Continued at source: DNA India: