Highlights

  • Govt notifies new rules for allowing abortion till 24 weeks of pregnancy
  • Survivors of rape or incest can go for abortion till 24 weeks
  • This has been allowed in cases of foetal malformation as well

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Govt notifies new rules for allowing abortion till 24 weeks of pregnancy

Earlier, abortion required the opinion of one doctor if it is done within 12 weeks of conception and two doctors if it is done between 12 and 20 weeks.

The government has notified new rules under which the gestational limit for termination of a pregnancy has been increased from 20 to 24 weeks for certain categories of women.

According to the new rules, these categories include survivors of sexual assault or rape or incest, minors, women whose marital status changes during an ongoing pregnancy and those with physical disabilities.

The new rules also cover mentally ill women, cases of foetal malformation and women with pregnancy in humanitarian settings or disaster or emergency situations as may be declared by the government.

Earlier, abortion required the opinion of one doctor if it is done within 12 weeks of conception and two doctors if it is done between 12 and 20 weeks.

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