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SC allows mother to abort 26-week-old foetus suffering from ailments

The foetus is suffering from severe cardiac ailments; order was given based on medical report

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The on Monday permitted a woman, who is in her 26th week of pregnancy, to abort her foetus that is suffering from severe cardiac ailments.

A bench of Justice Dipak Misra and M Khanwilkar said the procedure of termination of should be carried out "forthwith" at the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata.

The direction came after the bench perused the report of the medical board and the SSKM Hospital, which adviced the termination of on the grounds that the mother would suffer "severe mental injury" if the is continued and the child, if born alive, has to undergo multiple surgeries for severe cardiac ailments.

"Keeping in view the report of the medical board, we are inclined to allow the prayer and direct medical termination of of petitioner no. 1 (woman)," the bench said.

The woman and her husband had approached the apex court seeking permission to abort her foetus on grounds of abnormalities which could even be fatal to her.

First Published: Mon, July 03 2017. 13:18 IST