NEW DELHI: Delhi High Court on Monday allowed a woman to medically end her 25-week pregnancy as survival of the fetus, suffering from serious abnormalities, was unlikely.
The court allowed the petition by the 25-year-old pregnant woman who was seeking permission to abort the fetus on the ground that it was suffering from Bilateral Agenesis and Anlyaramni (both kidneys absent).
Justice Navin Chawla granted the relief after the plea cited Section 3 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act that does not permit termination of pregnancy in case the period of gestation is more than 20 weeks.
The court had earlier set up a medical board at AIIMS to examine the condition of the woman, whose fetus was suffering from serious abnormalities. It had asked the medical superintendent of AIIMS to submit a report regarding the medical condition of the fetus and the possibility of the fetus not surviving the term of the pregnancy.
She informed the court that during an ultra-sonography conducted on her, it was discovered that the fetus suffered from Bilateral Renal Agenesis thereby making it incompatible with life. She submitted that under the circumstances it would be futile to compel the petitioner to undergo the full terms of pregnancy.