Ex­am­ine woman: SC to KEM hos­pi­tal TWO LIVES ON THE LINE AND A BIG IS­SUE ON HAND

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The Supreme Court asked KEM hos­pi­tal on Fri­day to con­sti­tute a med­i­cal board to ex­am­ine a 22-year-old old woman from Navi Mum­bai, who has moved the Apex court for per­mis­sion to abort her mal­formed foe­tus. A bench of jus­tice SA Bobde and jus­tice LN Rao asked the board to sub­mit a re­port be­fore Tues­day, the next date of hear­ing in the mat­ter.

The pe­ti­tioner’s coun­sel Sneha Mukherjee told the court about the de­for­mity in the foe­tus and said ur­gent med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion was re­quired to save the mother. So­lic­i­tor gen­eral Ran­jit Ku­mar, who as­sisted the bench on an ear­lier oc­ca­sion in a sim­i­lar case, was also asked to be present for the next hear­ing.

The pe­ti­tioner has taken le­gal re­course be­cause the law does not al­low ter­mi­na­tion of preg­nancy beyond 20 weeks. How­ever, in the present case, the 23-week-old fe­tus does not have kid­neys and suf­fers from Bilateral Re­nal Age­n­e­sis.

This is the fourth case in re­cent years that has reached the top court where a preg­nant mother wants the court’s in­ter­ven­tion to abort her preg­nancy.

Last month, the same SC bench had al­lowed a Mum­bai woman to abort her foe­tus af­ter a med­i­cal panel af­firmed there was lit­tle chance of the child’s sur­vival and keep­ing it would en­dan­ger the mother’s life.

Sim­i­larly, in the other two cases – one of a mi­nor rape vic­tim from Gu­jarat and the other a rape vic­tim from Mum­bai – the court ap­proved abor­tion only af­ter seek­ing med­i­cal opin­ion.

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