In a first, SC lets woman have abortion after 20 weeks
Acknowledging its dilemma when the question pertains to “life versus life”, the Supreme Court Monday allowed an alleged rape survivor to terminate her pregnancy beyond the law-mandated 20 weeks after noting that the woman’s life was in danger.
This is first such decision by the top court, when it has given the benefit of an exceptional provision in the law to the woman, since the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, put a ceiling of 20 weeks for an abortion.
A bench of Justices J S Khehar and Arun Mishra granted the benefit of Section 5 in the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, which allows abortion even after 24 weeks if there is a threat to the life of the mother.

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