On Thursday Supreme Court allowed a woman to abort her 24 week old foetus. The court while allowing the plea filed by the lady relied on her medical report. The foetus is suffering from severe abnormalities of not having a skull for which there was no treatment.
Solicitor General Mr. Ranjit Kumar submitted the court that the centre has written to all states and union territories asking them to set up permanent medical boards for abortion cases.
Bench of chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud a month ago while rejecting plea of a 10 year old rape victim to abort her 32 months old foetus mooted for setting up of medical boards in all districts to vet such cases and give permission on the basis of merits.
“Why don’t you consider setting up permanent medical boards in all districts across the states to examine such requests? The bench asked the solicitor general. In reply Mr. Kumar said that government was contemplating amendments in the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 shortly known as MTPA, and that one ofd the issues was about increasing the time limit for legal abortion.
At present MTPA, 1971 bars the abortion after 20th week which is now proposed to be extended to 24 weeks through amendment in MTPA, 1971.