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SC Allows Woman with Twin Pregnancy to Undergo Fetal Termination

Lawstreet Journal 17 Jun 2020 9:40pm

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On Tuesday (16 June 2020), the Supreme Court permitted a woman, with 25-week twin pregnancy, to undergo fetal reduction on grounds of "serious fetal abnormalities".

The bench comprised of Justices R. Bhanumathi, Indu Malhotra, and Aniruddha Bose. It allowed the Special Leave Petition (provided under Article 136 of the Constitution) against the order of the Bombay High Court, wherein the permission to undergo fetal reduction was declined. The proceedings were held through video conferencing.

Earlier, the Bombay High Court, in an order dated 22 May 2020 declined to grant her the permission for the same. The ruling of the honorable HC was based on the following grounds- i) it may not be safe for the woman, and; ii) fetal reduction of one fetus, may affect the other normal fetus.

In an order dated 10 June 2020 the Supreme Court directed the Medical Board to be re-constituted and submit an additional report. The report would be made regarding two issues: i) "To give a further opinion on whether the abortion of one fetus will affect the life of the petitioner- mother"; ii) "Whether the abortion of one fetus will have an effect on the surviving second fetus."

The honorable court further directed that an additional member, who is a specialist in fetal medicine, must be included in the new Board. In accordance with this, Dr. Purnima Satoskar was added as the Board member.

"... Today she is around 25 weeks pregnant. One fetus is affected with trisomy 21. The other fetus is chromosomally and structurally normal,"… Continue Reading...

Tagged: Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971  
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