The Mumbai woman, who fought a legal battle in Supreme Court (SC) to abort her abnormal foetus, went through abortion in the wee hours of Friday. Dr Avinash Supe, dean KEM Hospital said the abortion procedure was initiated and she aborted the child at 3.30 am. “She is stable and under observation. We are most likely to discharge her on Saturday and the reports will be sent to the Supreme Court soon,” said Supe.
The woman was forced to approach SC last week to seek permission to abort her 24-weeks-old unborn after a routine sonography test revealed that the foetus has a serious developmental defect called anencephaly- absence of brain. On Monday, on the basis of KEM Hospital’s medical report of her, SC gave permission to abort the child.
Santosh Pal (38), her husband said he is very happy that their struggle has come to an end. “No other couple should face what we had to. We thankfully had right guidance from Dr Sangeeta Pikale and Dr Nikhil Datar. Others may not be as lucky as us,” said Pal.
The established law in India does not allow medical termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks, following which the couple was forced to move the SC.
Medical experts in India have been demanding that a few abnormalities should be included as a valid reason for MTP after 20 weeks and empower the woman to take the decision.
Datar had moved to SC in 2008, seeking permission for his patient, Mumbai resident Niketa Mehta, to abort her unborn baby that had cardiac abnormalities after the 20-week limit. In July 2016, he helped a rape survivor file petition with the SC to abort her unborn child with same abnormalities in the 24th week of pregnancy.