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India’s highest court extends abortion rights to all women and removes marital distinction


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India’s highest court extends abortion rights to all women and removes marital distinction

India’s highest court extends abortion rights to all women and removes marital distinction

India was one of the first countries in the world to legalize abortion under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act in 1971. The law has since been… 29.09.2022, Sputnik International

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In a landmark verdict, India’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that all women have the right to a legal and safe abortion up to 24 weeks into their pregnancy, regardless of their marital status. Bopanna and JB Paridwala decided that the distinction between married and unmarried status is artificial in nature, stating that only married women engage in sexual activity. The previous statute distinguished between married women, rape victims and minors on the one hand, who could terminate until the age of 24. weeks into their pregnancy, and single women on the other who were limited to being able to terminate until 20 weeks into the process. In July, a 25-year-old woman filed a pregnancy termination claim with the Supreme Court after the Delhi High Court rejected her plea. The woman had a consensual relationship with her partner, but when he refused her marriage proposal, she discovered her pregnancy at around 22 weeks.

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India was one of the first countries in the world to legalize abortion under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act in 1971. The law has since been amended, but still differentiated between married women and unmarried, the former being able to interrupt up to 24 weeks and the latter 20 weeks.

In a landmark verdict, India’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that all women have the right to a legal and safe abortion up to 24 weeks into their pregnancy, regardless of their marital status.

The three-judge panel headed by Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices AS Bopanna and JB Paridwala ruled that the distinction between married and unmarried status is artificial in nature, saying that only married women engage in sexual activity.

“A woman’s marital status cannot be grounds for depriving her of the right to an abortion,” the Supreme Court ruled.

The previous law distinguished between married women, rape victims and minors on the one hand, who could terminate their pregnancy up to 24 weeks, and single women on the other hand, who were limited to being able to terminate their pregnancy for up to 24 weeks. 20 weeks after the start of the process.

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In July, a 25-year-old woman filed for termination of pregnancy in the Supreme Court after the Delhi High Court rejected her plea. The woman had a consensual relationship with her partner, but when he refused her marriage proposal, she discovered her pregnancy at around 22 weeks.

“The MTP law needs to be refined based on social realities and the demands of the times,” the bench noted.



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