India: Govt calls for medical boards in states for abortion cases

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Govt calls for medical boards in states for abortion cases

The court had earlier referred the matter to a medical board. Taking note of the board’s report, which confirmed the anomaly and said there was no treatment available, the court on Thursday allowed the woman to undergo medical termination of her pregnancy.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi
August 31, 2017

Concerned by the rising number of abortion pleas before the Supreme Court, the Centre has written to all the states and union territories, asking them to set up permanent medical boards to deal with such cases. Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar conveyed this to a Supreme Court Bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao on Thursday, during the hearing of a petition filed by a Pune-based woman, who sought permission to abort her 25-week-old foetus on the basis of a medical report which said it had no brain and skull. The court had earlier referred the matter to a medical board. Taking note of the board’s report, which confirmed the anomaly and said there was no treatment available, the court on Thursday allowed the woman to undergo medical termination of her pregnancy.

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