New Delhi: All women, regardless of whether they are married or unmarried, have the right to a safe and legal abortion. Supreme Court rules abortion discrimination ‘unconstitutional’
Even if it is a husband, sexual harassment should be treated as sexual assault. The Supreme Court has said that if two adults have consensual intercourse and become pregnant unexpectedly and unplanned, the fetus can be aborted before it has crossed 20 to 24 weeks of development.
As the world observes Safe Abortion Day today, this Supreme Court verdict assumes significance.
A case filed by a 24-year-old woman: The Supreme Court has given this landmark judgment in a case filed by a 24-year-old woman seeking permission to terminate her pregnancy.
The hearing came before a bench comprising Justices TY Chandrachud, AS Boppanna and PV Nagratna. At that time, the judges said, “Differentiating between married and unmarried women for abortion is not medically or constitutionally appropriate. It is not only married women who engage in intercourse. It imposes a kind of concept. They should be given the full right to have an abortion when they feel like it, just like a married woman.
Similarly, sexual violence also includes violence within the marital relationship. Forced impregnation in any form is considered sexual assault. It is a woman’s bodily independent decision whether to carry the fetus or not. For this the woman does not need to seek permission from anyone. “The law cannot decide who is eligible for an abortion with a narrow patriarchal view.”