Supreme Court Of India Grants Woman Permission To Abort At 24 Weeks

Allowing access to abortion only in certain cases such as rape, incest, divorce, or mental or physical illness implies that a woman's body must be violated by external agents for her to be able to gain full control over her own body.

By Debabratee Dhar
July 29, 2022

A 25-year-old unmarried woman was denied medical termination of pregnancy at 23 weeks by the Delhi High Court.

In India, the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 permits abortion under a very specific set of conditions. Under the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, one can avail of abortion within 12 weeks with the approval of one doctor and only if it is carried out by a trained medical practitioner. If one’s pregnancy exceeds 12 weeks but is under 20 weeks, then it can be medically terminated with the approval of two doctors, as long as it is carried out by medical practitioners at a licensed institution.