SC disallows abortion of 27-week foetus
The Supreme Court on Monday denied permission to a woman to abort her 27-week-old foetus showing signs of severe physical abnormalities.
A Bench of Justices S A Bobdey and L Nageshwara Rao referred to the report of the medical board, which had examined the woman, and said that as per the opinion of the doctors, the baby may be “born alive” if the mother is allowed to abort at this stage.
The court also observed that as per the doctors’ opinion, the physical condition of the woman is normal and there is no risk to her health. “As regard to the foetus, the report states that, if the pregnancy is terminated in the 27th week, there is a possibility that the baby may be born alive,” the Bench observed.
“We don’t consider it appropriate to direct the petitioner (woman) to terminate the foetus,” the court said.
Solicitor-General Ranjit Kumar told the Bench that as per the report of the medical board of the Mumbai-based K E M Hospital, the foetus has severe physical abnormalities but the doctors have not advised termination as she is in her 27th week of pregnancy.
The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act prohibits termination of pregnancy after 20 weeks.