HC recognises woman's choice to give birth; allows termination of 33-week pregnancy

Updated: Dec 6 2022 12:56PM

New Delhi, Dec 6 (PTI) The Delhi High Court on Tuesday said the “ultimate decision” in matters of abortion ought to recognise a woman's choice to give birth and the possibility of dignified life of the unborn child while allowing a 26-year-old married woman to undergo medical termination of her 33-week pregnancy.

Justice Prathiba M Singh observed that while the right of a pregnant woman to terminate her pregnancy has been the subject matter of debate across the world, India recognises the choice of a woman in its law.

In the present case, the petitioner sought to terminate her pregnancy after she found out that the foetus was suffering from certain cerebral abnormalities.