Delhi High Court allows termination of pregnancy beyond 24-weeks

In the case of Mahima Yadav v. Government of NCT of Delhi and others, the Delhi High Court allowed the termination of pregnancy beyond the 24 weeks period on account of substantial foetal abnormalities.

A single-judge Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh said that the amendments introduced in 2021 were of enormous significance, observing that under the new provisions, the length of pregnancy of 20 weeks or 24 weeks would not apply in case of substantial foetal abnormalities.

In this case, the mother was over 25week pregnancy and was also a cardic patient due to which the feotus developed warfarin embryopathy. A Medical Board was also constituted under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act which opined that due to 25 weeks and some abnormilities it would have some danger but the patient can wholly recover from that risk.

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) also stated that there was no doubt that the foetus was suffering from various abnormalities and therefore termination of pregnancy can be carried out.

Advocate Sneha Mukherjee appeared for the petitioner.

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