India: Chorus for extending abortion deadline grows

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Chorus for extending abortion deadline grows
Jul 11, 2017

Highlighting the limitation of the 20-week abortion deadline again, a city doctor spoke about the plight of a jilted woman who wants to abort her 19-week foetus but cannot because of a medical condition. By the time doctors control her hyperthyroidism and make her fit enough to undergo a medical termination, the deadline would have passed.

This is the third case the state's medical fraternity has encountered in a week's time where the MTP deadline has come in the way of terminating a difficult pregnancy

Continued at source: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health-news/chorus-for-extending-abortion-deadline-grows/articleshow/59540946.cms

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India: KEM hospital panel that ruled out abortion of foetus with neurological problems did not have subject specialist

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KEM hospital panel that ruled out abortion of foetus with neurological problems did not have subject specialist

Mumbai city news: Child born after Supreme Court turned down plea to abort pregnancy in critical condition at KEM hospital
Jul 06, 2017
Sadaguru Pandit
Hindustan Times

Last Saturday, a 28-year-old woman gave birth to a boy with Arnold Chiari Syndrome Type-II — fluid accumulation in the brain and spinal deformities that leave him little chance of survival. She and her husband had moved the Supreme Court to be allowed to abort her pregnancy in the 27th week once they knew about the problems the foetus had, but the court had on March 27 turned down their plea based on the report of an expert team of doctors from Mumbai’s KEM hospital. The child is now in a critical condition at the KEM hospital where he was born. The law now prohibits abortion of foetus beyond 20th weeks, unless otherwise advised by a medical panel.

Continued at source: Hindustan Times: http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/kem-hospital-panel-that-ruled-out-abortion-of-foetus-with-neurological-problems-did-not-have-subject-specialist/story-p7kOo6vTwGPFMQ1uU3rydO.html

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Kolkata, India: Legal battle won, woman starts abortion process

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Kolkata: Legal battle won, woman starts abortion process

Prithvijit Mitra
Jul 5, 2017

KOLKATA: The woman, who was allowed by the Supreme Court to terminate her 26-week pregnancy, got admitted to SSKM Hospital on Tuesday. She will have her foetus - afflicted with an irreversible cardiac ailment - aborted by a non-surgical procedure that may take to two days. The procedure will be supervised by the seven-member expert committee formed last week to assess the condition of the foetus.

Continued at source: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/legal-battle-won-woman-starts-abortion-process/articleshow/59447422.cms

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Doctors want reform in Indian abortion law

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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: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-doctors-want-reform-in-indian-abortion-law-2492081

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India: SC allows 26-week pregnant lady to abort her fetus suffering from congenital problem

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SC allows 26-week pregnant lady to abort her fetus suffering from congenital problem

Amit Anand Choudhary | TNN |
Jul 3, 2017

NEW DELHI: As the proposed amendment in abortion law is getting delayed to allow abortion beyond 20-weeks, the Supreme Court on Monday came to the rescue of yet another pregnant woman and permitted her to abort her 26-week fetus suffering from severe cardiac problem.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar allowed the abortion plea of Kolkata-based 33-year old lady on the basis of her medical report which said that the child, even if born alive, may not survive for a long time as the baby would have to go through multiple surgery due to congenital disorder.

Continued at source: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/sc-allows-26-week-pregnant-lady-to-abort-her-foetus-suffering-from-congenital-problem/articleshow/59425549.cms

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Northern Irish appeal court refuses limited lifting of abortion ban

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Northern Irish appeal court refuses limited lifting of abortion ban

Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent
Thursday 29 June 2017

Three appeal court judges have refused to legalise abortions in Northern Ireland’s hospitals in cases where women are made pregnant through rape or where pregnancies are doomed due to fatal foetal abnormality.

The ruling in the court of appeal in Belfast also passed on responsibility for any changes to the region’s strict anti-abortion regime to a Stormont assembly that may not exist after Thursday’s devolution deadline.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/29/northern-irish-appeal-court-refuses-limited-lifting-of-abortion-ban

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India: Woman’s plea for abortion: SC forms 7-doctor medical board

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Woman's plea for abortion: SC forms 7-doctor medical board

Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Jun 23 2017

The Supreme Court today constituted a medical board of seven doctors of the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata to ascertain health of a 24-week pregnant woman wanting to undergo abortion on the grounds of foetus abnormality.

A vacation bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul directed the medical board to submit the report by June 29 after ascertaining the health of the mother and the foetus. During the hearing, the counsel for the West Bengal government said it has been decided to constitute a team of seven doctors to ascertain the medical condition.

Continued at source: Deccan Herald: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/618820/womans-plea-abortion-sc-forms.html

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India: SC notice to govt on abortion deadline

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SC notice to govt on abortion deadline
Dhananjay Mahapatra | TNN | Jun 22, 2017

NEW DELHI: Delay in amending the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act to provide women a wider window to abort terminally ill fetuses is forcing many to move the Supreme Court for permission to end their pregnancies that are beyond the legally permissible termination period of 20 weeks.

The SC on Wednesday sought the Centre's response to a petition by a Kolkata-based pregnant woman challenging the validity of Section 3 of the MTP Act, 1971, which says pregnancy cannot be terminated after 20 weeks.

Continued at source: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/sc-notice-to-govt-on-abortion-deadline/articleshow/59261029.cms

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Northern Ireland: Majority support for abortion in NI new survey reveals

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Majority support for abortion in NI new survey reveals

Seanín Graham
17 June, 2017

AN OVERWHELMING majority of people in Northern Ireland believe abortion should be legalised in cases where a woman's life is at risk or when a fatal condition will result in the death of her baby, a major new study has revealed.

Ulster University researchers also discovered huge support for terminations in cases of rape and incest, while many respondents were opposed to women being prosecuted for buying online abortion pills.

Continued at source: Irish News: http://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/06/17/news/majority-support-for-abortion-in-ni-new-survey-reveals-1058450/

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