‘Not a Woman’s Choice’: India’s Abortion Limit Puts Women at Risk, Say Campaigners
September 7, 2017
(Reuters) – The couple had known from the 24th week of the pregnancy that their child would be born with Arnold Chiari Type II syndrome – a structural defect in the brain. Since abortions in India are allowed only up to 20 weeks of pregnancy, the couple petitioned India’s Supreme Court to allow them a to terminate the pregnancy, which was by then 27 weeks. The court rejected their plea. The couple, who chose to remain anonymous in the much-publicised case, said in media interviews that they did not have the wherewithal – emotional and financial – to take care of the child, while doctors could not indicate the infant’s expected life span.