In the case of minors and rape survivors, the Centre has issued new guidelines permitting abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy

14th Oct,2021

In the case of minors and rape survivors, the Centre has issued new guidelines permitting abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy



The gestational limit for terminating a pregnancy in India has been raised from 20 to 24 weeks for some groups of women under new government laws.
Survivors of sexual assault, rape, or incest, children, those whose marital status changes during pregnancy (widowhood and divorce), and those with physical disabilities are among the women for whom the restriction has been raised under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Rules, 2021.The new laws also apply to women who are mentally sick, women who are pregnant with a foetal abnormality that poses a significant risk of physical or mental defects, and women who are in catastrophes or emergency situations proclaimed by the government. We applaud the new guidelines, said Poonam Muttreja, executive director of the Population Foundation of India, according to a PTI article. Given the world's progress in scientific and medical technology over the years, the extended 24-week gestation period should be available to all women, not just particular categories of women." is a much-awaited, sensitive, and forward-looking reform, according to Dr. Jaideep Malhotra, founder of Rainbow IVF and former president of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India. Dr. Loveleena Nadir, a senior gynaecologist, said, I think this is a starting step toward making safe abortion available to all women, not just those in particular categories. This would empower women and turn India into a liberal, pro-women country