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Woman gets HC nod for aborting 25-week-old abnormal foetus

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The Monday directed the termination of 25-week-old of a woman, who petitioned it for aborting the foetus owing to its development.

Considering the report of a medical board which was in favour of termination of of the woman, Justice directed that the woman would be admitted at the state-run and Research (SSKM Hospital) Tuesday morning for the procedure.

The court had Friday directed the woman to appear before the medical board Saturday for examination.

Considering the urgency as the woman is 25 weeks pregnant, Justice Chakraborty had directed the to submit the report of the board Monday.

The board, comprising heads of different departments at the government hospital here, gave its report in favour of termination of her

Petitioning the high court, the woman sought permission to terminate her pregnancy since tests of the foetus showed that its brain was underdeveloped.

The court had Friday noted that test reports showed that the brain condition of the foetus was such that there was every possibility of the child being abnormal on birth.

It also noted that the report said the continuance of pregnancy may be fatal to the petitioner.

had told the court that on a request from the central government to constitute permanent medical boards for such purpose in all the states, the government has formed such a board at the referral

The board consists of doctors from the departments of gynaecology, pediatrics, neurology, pathology, radiology, pulmonology and genetics, Majumdar submitted.

The 32-year-old woman approached the high court Thursday seeking permission to terminate her pregnancy owing to an anomaly in the formation of the foetus.

The petitioner claimed before the court of Justice Chakraborty that the tests done during various stages of her pregnancy showed that the brain of the foetus is underdeveloped.

The reports also showed that the condition of the foetus was deteriorating, her submitted before the court.

According to the Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971, permission of the high court is required for undergoing if the foetus is more than 20 weeks old, Ghosh said.

According to the act, a medical board is required to be formed to examine the case and give its opinion to the court on whether to allow the termination of pregnancy or not.

Ghosh submitted that a had on December 26 prescribed immediate in view of the condition of the foetus.

On January 7, the woman was examined by another specialist doctor who told her that a permission of the court be sought for abortion, he said.

The woman is a resident of south Kolkata, Her husband works in a private company, Ghosh said.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 19:35 IST