New Delhi, July 21: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Attorney General and Maharashtra on a plea filed by a rape victim seeking termination of her 24-week-old pregnancy due to the abnormal growth of foetus.
A bench chaired by Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Arun Mishra will hear the further case on Friday after reviewing the doctor’s report which said that stomach of the foetus was uncovered and as a result the intestines were growing outside it.
As per the report the foetus’s skull too was not fully developed and chances of the survival of the foetus were from zero to a few hours.
The petitioner has demanded the direction of the court for the termination of her pregnancy as under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 the pregnancy beyond 20 weeks could not be terminated.
However, under Section 5 of the MTP Act, pregnancy beyond 20 weeks could be terminated only if there is a threat to the life of the mother.
In the instant case there is no threat to the life of the mother but foetus is abnormal and the chances of its survival are remote.
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