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SC allows ending 24-week pregnancy on woman's petition

An woman had filed an appeal in the apex court seeking termination of her pregnancy on health grounds

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Publish Date: Jul 25 2016 4:22PM | Updated Date: Jul 25 2016 4:22PM

SC allows ending 24-week pregnancy on woman's petition

 In a landmark judgment in Monday, the Supreme Court has permitted the termination of a 24-week-old pregnancy after medical reports said the foetus has severe abnormalities and the same could put the "mental and physical health" of the mother at risk.

 
The bench comprising Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra, after perusing the report of a medical board of KEM Hospital-Mumbai, said: "We direct the liberty to terminate the pregnancy by the pregnant mother in accordance with law."
 
Report by a team of seven doctors came in pursuance to the court's order on Friday to examine the pregnant mother and give its opinion on her plea seeking direction for the termination of the 24-week-old pregnancy.