Unwed woman cannot be denied right to abortion, says Supreme Court | India News

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court on Thursday filled the legislative void in Medical Pregnancy Termination Act and Related Rules for giving to an unmarried woman the right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy 20-24 weeks, if medical professionals certify its safety.
“Refusing an unmarried woman the right to a safe abortion violates her personal autonomy and freedoms,” said a bench of Judges DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and AS Bopanna. It asked AIIMS the director sends medical professionals to examine an unmarried person Manipur girl, was abandoned by her partner when she was 20 weeks pregnant and determined if she could have a safe abortion.
The woman was denied permission by the Delhi high court to terminate her pregnancy on the grounds that unmarried girls were not included in the provisions of the law. MTP . Act. HC only agreed to consider the legality of denying unmarried women the right to terminate a 20-24 week pregnancy. SC said it would be against the law to make the petitioner pregnant and she should not be denied its benefits just because she is unmarried.

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