- Act to increase the abortion limit from 20 to 24 weeks.
- Elders approve legislation to protect women’s dignity.
- Why did this law have to be done? Who benefits?
Minor girls, victims of sexual assault, paralysis, and women with unwanted pregnancies will be soothed by this new law. Pregnancies over 20 weeks and not more than 24 weeks fall into this special category.
Abortion Bill Highlights:
★ The name or other details of the victim should not be disclosed by the doctor or physician who performed the abortion under any circumstances. These details can only be disclosed to special officers in special cases.
★ Abortion is permitted in cases where it is felt that the pregnancy will endanger the life of the woman or it will have a serious impact on her physical and mental health, disrupting education and employment opportunities. However .. must be recommended by doctors.
★ The provisions of this Act also apply in cases where the doctor recommends that the unborn child be subjected to severe physical and psychological harm.
★ States are required to set up a special medical board with a gynecologist, radiologist, pediatrician and another to examine such special category cases.
Union Minister Harshavardhan said the new law was designed after studying the policies being followed around the world. He added that the new law would protect the dignity of women.
Why did this law have to be done?
Demand for abortion has been on the rise since a 10-year-old girl from Chandigarh gave birth to a baby in 2017. The girl, who was repeatedly raped by her uncle, became pregnant at an unknown age. The girl’s parents approached the court seeking permission to perform an abortion on her. By the time the trial was over, the time for her to have an abortion had passed.
If an abortion is performed under such circumstances, the doctors say that the girl’s life is in danger. The girl was then placed under the supervision of doctors. In August 2017, the girl gave birth to a baby boy. The incident became a topic of discussion across the country at the time. Subsequently the demand to extend the abortion deadline gained momentum.
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