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Medical Termination Of Pregnancy Act Amendment Comes Into Force; Changes Upper Limit Of Termination Of Pregnancy To 24 Weeks

Lawstreet Journal 28 Sep 2021 8:16pm

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On 24th September 2021, the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Act, 2021 came into force with effect. The Bill of the Amendment was passed on 16th March 2021. The Act amends Section 3 of the Act increasing the time for the medical termination of pregnancy from 20 weeks to 24 weeks for certain categories of women which are defined under the Act. 

STATEMENT OF OBJECTS

The reasons embodied with the act for the amendment are that since medical technology has advanced drastically it is possible to increase the gestational limit especially for vulnerable women such as rape victims or women with prominent foetal anomalies which might be detected late in pregnancy. 

Another reason was that there is a need for providing women with legal and safe abortions so that unsafe abortions could be prevented in order to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.

IMPORTANT AMENDMENTS

Section 3 of the Act elaborates that when can medical pregnancies be terminated by registered medical practitioners. 

Section 4 emphasizes the ground rules regarding the termination of pregnancy, the Section provides the conditions which need to be fulfilled for the pregnancy to be terminated legally, which are as follows -

  1. A hospital established or maintained by the Government 
  2. A place approved by the Government for the time being to comply by the purpose of this act. 

Under this section, there are other conditions such as the medical practitioner can terminate the pregnancy only if -

  1. The length of the pregnancy has not crossed the… Continue Reading...

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