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February 2017

New Report: Abortion Laws in India – A Review of Court Cases

Ipas Development Foundation (IDF) had partnered with the Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology, Jindal Global Law School on a report on legal judgments and orders relating to medical termination of pregnancy.

This report aims to clarify provisions of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, to highlight contradictions and gaps in the MTP Act and related laws, including the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act, and to examine the implications of the language and legal conclusions in abortion judgments.

The report examines issues in implementing the MTP Act and provides summaries of key Supreme Court, High Court, and District Court judgments on various themes including consent; human rights; protection of MTP/CAC providers who follow the requirements of the law; and international treaty monitoring bodies’ interpretation of obligations to provide access to safe abortion services.

The report is meant to be used by women, providers, policy makers, and activists in the following ways:


  • To find answers to key questions on the MTP Act
  • To explore spaces for future or increased advocacy
  • To design education and training material to increase awareness

Find out more about the report, and the Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology here.



  • Year : 2017
  • Author(s) : IDF
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New Report: Abortion Laws in India - A Review of Court Cases