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Wed Dec 6

What’s wrong with India’s abortion laws?

The tricky debate on Abortion: Where the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act conflicts with two other laws?


While MTP Act itself does not direct anyone to approach the court for permission to terminate pregnancy post-20 weeks, the recent few years have seen a rush of court petitions seeking permission for abortion. Often these have been either rape survivors with unwanted pregnancies or couples who found out about foetal abnormalities that are either incompatible with survival or posed the risk of a substantial handicap to the baby upon birth.