Friday, February 13, 2009

India: Supreme Court to Review Abortion Law

The Hindu News Update Service: Supreme Court to examine law on abortion:

India_flag The 38-year-old abortion law was on Friday challenged in the Supreme Court which sought a response from the government for continuing with a provision prohibiting termination of pregnancy after 20 weeks even if there was a fatal risk to the mother and the foetus.

The apex court, which at first was of the view that the issue could be raised at the government level, issued a notice to the Centre after it was contended by a Mumbai doctor that the 20-week cut of limit for abortion had become obsolete as in developed countries it had been extended to 26 weeks.

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