Supreme Court allows abortion of 31 weeks pregnant 13-year-old rape victim

Supreme Court (SC) of India has passed the order of abortion of a 13-year-old rape survivor. She is in the 31st week of her pregnancy. Reportedly, SC has ordered to carry out the abortion on September 8

Supreme Court allows abortion of 31 weeks pregnant 13-yr-old rape victim

My Medical Mantra had exclusively reported about the case after a leading gynaecologist and social activist Dr Nikhil Datar was visited by a mother on August 9, 2017, whose 13-year-old daughter is 27-weeks pregnant. The victim then had filed a petition in SC, pleading for abortion of her foetus.

Nishant Katneshwarkar, Chief Standing Council, State of Maharashtra, Supreme Court of India informed, “A medical board was constituted in Sir JJ group of hospitals to analyse the risk factors in the abortion. The board had given opinion that the process can be very risky even for the girl. The court has ordered that the girl should be admitted by tomorrow evening, in Mumbai’s Sir JJ group of  hospitals and the abortion should be carried out the  day after tomorrow (8th September).”

In India, Section 3 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971, does not allow abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. After the order passed by SC, while talking to My Medical Mantra. “This is a progressive step. We are inching towards victory. It is high time that SC should order the government to make amendments in MTP Act,” said Dr Datar.

This case had been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act. The parents of the rape survivor had to be convinced to register the case under POSCO Act as they were not aware about the legalities.

In May, the SC allowed a 10-year-old rape survivor from Haryana to abort her unborn child in the 21st week of pregnancy. Medical experts in India have been demanding that a few abnormalities should be included as a valid reason for MTP (Medical Termination of Pregnancy) after 20 weeks and empower women to make a decision on whether they choose to go ahead with the pregnancy or not.

Medical experts in India have been demanding that a few abnormalities should be included as a valid reason for MTP (Medical Termination of Pregnancy) after 20 weeks and empower women to make a decision on whether they choose to go ahead with the pregnancy or not.