India considering extending abortion cut-off from 20 weeks to 24

The Times of India reports that the government of India is to consider extending the cut-off for abortions under the country’s abortion laws.  Currently abortions are legal up to 20 weeks but they are considering extending it to 24 weeks.  The Health Minister cites a recent case involving a heavily pregnant woman, Nikita Mehta, who was refused an abortion by the High Court in Bombay.  She had only recently been informed by doctors that the fetus in her womb had a congenital heart block and the child would probably suffer from severe congenital deformities. She later had a miscarriage.


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