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Bombay HC permits minor rape survivor to terminate 25-week pregnancy

Jul 01, 2020 14:21 IST

The Bombay High Court permitted a 17-year-old rape survivor to terminate her 25-week pregnancy despite a report submitted by the civic-run KEM Hospital here advising against the abortion. A division bench of the court gave the order on Tuesday while hearing the girl’s petition filed through her father. The victim, in her plea seeking permission to undergo medical termination of pregnancy, said her mental and physical health is at risk. The KEM hospital board advised against termination and said if the pregnancy is continued, a healthy baby could be delivered and the petitioner and her family could then decide if they want to care of the baby or put him/her up for adoption.

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