Supreme Court nod to abort 24-week foetus without kidneys
The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed a 22-year-old woman to terminate her 24-week pregnancy. The woman, from Navi Mumbai, approached the apex court to terminate her pregnancy when she found out that the foetus did not have kidneys and had low chances of surviving after birth.

According to the MTP Act, an abortion is allowed only up to 20 weeks of gestation. Mothers who want to abort the foetus beyond this deadline are permitted to do so only if ‘the continuance of the pregnancy would involve a risk to the life of the pregnant woman or of grave injury to her physical or mental health. However, keeping pace with the changing times, the new MTP amendment draft Bill 2014, which is yet to be passed, plans to extend the cut-off for abortions to 24 weeks.

Last month, the SC had allowed another Mumbai resident to terminate her pregnancy at 24 weeks after it was found that her foetus’ skull had failed to develop.
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