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SC allows women to abort foetus with Arnold Chiari syndrome

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today allowed two women, who were in their advanced stage of pregnancy, to abort their foetus after it was detected that both were suffering from Arnold Chiari Type II syndrome.

ArnoldChiari malformation is a structural defect which leads to underdeveloped brain and a distorted spine.


A bench headed by Justice A K Sikri relied on a report of the medical board of Mumbai-based J J Hospital, where the two women were examined, and noted that the abnormalities in both the foetuses were identical and continuation of pregnancy would harm them.

While the first woman's foetus was 29-week old, the second woman was in 30th week of her pregnancy.

The bench, also comprising justice Ashok Bhushan, said that "the prayer made in the writ is allowed to the extent the petitioners (women) is free to undergo medical termination of her pregnancy".

The women, both residents, had approached the apex seeking its permission to abort her foetus on the ground that it was suffering from severe anomaly.

Section 3(2)(b) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act prohibits abortion of a foetus after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 17:32 IST
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