Having moved SC to abort pregnancy, 20-yr-old student agrees to give birth; baby to be adopted

Updated: Feb 2 2023 9:53PM

New Delhi, Feb 2 (PTI) A 20-year-old engineering student, who had moved the Supreme Court for permission to abort her nearly 30-week pregnancy, agreed on Thursday to give birth in AIIMS and put the baby up for adoption.

A bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud perused a report by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, which had earlier been directed to explore the possibility of safe abortion of the foetus, and noted it was unsafe to terminate the pregnancy at such a later stage and that the woman was willing to give birth to the child.

Taking note of the sensitivity and confidentiality of the case, the bench, also comprising justices P S Narasimha and J B Pardiwala, asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati and the counsel for the woman to come into the CJI's chamber for deliberations to decide the fate of the unborn fetus and its future parents after birth, as the unmarried woman said she would not be able to look after the child.