Supreme Court refused to abort 26-week fetus with Down syndrome

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The supreme court on Tuesday has rejected the plea of a Mumbai-based woman to abort a 26-week fetus, which suffers from Down syndrome and may be born with a physical and mental disability.

The case was heard by the bench of justice S A Bobde and L N Rao, who said that whether it’s good or bad for the mother but the court could not permit to abort it.

In its statement court said, “It is sad that the child may suffer from physical and mental challenges and it’s unfortunate for the mother but we can’t allow an abortion…We have a life in our hands”.

Dr. Bhalerao said that “It is a grey area. A mother may then choose to discontinue pregnancy up to 20 weeks citing another pretext. The laws are not clear”.

The Supreme Court added that aborting the fetus is only allowed in some cases where there is a danger to the life of the mother. But in this case, there is no such danger to mother thus; aborting the 26-week fetus will not be allowed.

However, in February the apex court allowed the 22-year old woman to abort her 24-week fetus as it was suspected to endanger her life.

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