Underage rape victim allowed by court to abort foetus

A 17-year-old rape victim will be allowed to abort her 24-week foetus, the Supreme Court ruled. Courts allow medical termination of pregnancy upto 20 weeks under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act though an exception can only be made if the foetus is genetically abnormal. The teen, a resident of Bengaluru, had approached the top court after the Karnataka High court rejected her plea to abort the foetus. The top court’s order came after a medical board of the Bangalore Medical College and Research Centre recommended abortion. The court has asked the hospital to conduct the medical termination of pregnancy.

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