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Rape survivor allowed to abort 24-week-old foetus

Mon, Jul 25, 2016, 03:09 PM
In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court on Monday granted liberty to alleged rape survivor to terminate her 24-week-old abnormal foetus. The court says disallowing the victim to terminate her pregnancy would put her life at risk.

On Friday, a medical board was set up at the KEM hospital in Mumbai to examine the condition of an alleged rape survivor who wanted to abort her foetus.

A bench headed by Justice JS Khehar had asked the medical board to examine the woman at King Edward Memorial College and Hospital at Mumbai, and submit its report to the top court on Monday.

The bench comprising Justice Arun Mishra said the report of the medical board with regard to the woman's condition will be assessed and, if necessary, some directions will be passed.

The alleged rape survivor has also challenged the constitutional validity of the provisions of the abortion law which prohibits termination of pregnancy after 20 weeks even if there is a fatal risk to the mother and the foetus.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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