The Supreme Court of India wants to “stretch ” the law on abortion that will allow termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks if the foetus is suffering from severe abnormalities.
A vacation bench of Justices D Y Chadrachud and Sanjay Kishan Kaul agreed to hear plea of a Kolkata based lady seeking its permission to abort her 25-week fetus which has a congenital defect and directed a medical board constituted by West Bengal government to file report on the medical condition of the lady and her fetus.
The bench also noted a report of a doctor, which said that a child born with such serious abnormalities may not survive even its first surgery.
The court said that quality of life of a woman after pregnancy should also be considered while deciding her plea of abortion. The bench asked the medical board to file its report by June 29 when it would take a call on whether the lady should be allowed to undergo abortion.
33-year-old Sharmishta Chakraborty from Kolkata recently approached the SC asking permission to abort her foetus after she discovered that her child she carried suffered from severe cardiac problem.
Chakraborty presented to the court a report by Dr Devi Shetty, pediatric pulmonologist, which said the foetus was suffering from a severe form of cardiac impairment called pulmonary atresia and has a high possibility of permanent brain damage.
Experts have informed the SC from time to time that many congenital illnesses and defects of a foetus could get detected as late as 18-20 weeks, leaving the woman and her partner with very little time to decide whether to terminate the pregnancy or go ahead with it.
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