Indian Supreme Court Issues Notice To Government On Abortion Law

by VR Sreeraman on  February 14, 2009 at 12:55 PM General Health News
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 Indian Supreme Court Issues Notice To Government On Abortion Law
The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre on the petition challenging a law prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy in case of foetal abnormality.

A bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan heard the plea of Mumbai-based Dr. Nikhil D Datar and has sought for a response of the government on the issue.

Niketa and Haresh Mehta along with their doctor Nikhil Datar had moved to court seeking abortion of the couple's first child after physicians diagnosed the unborn child with a congenital heart block in the 24th week of pregnancy.

However, The Bombay High Court, on August 4, refused permission to abort the 26-week foetus observing that medical experts did not express any "categorical opinion that if the child is born it would suffer from serious handicaps".

Source: ANI
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