The Supreme Court in a significant judgment recently said it is unconstitutional to distinguish between married and unmarried women for allowing termination of pregnancy on certain exceptional grounds when the foetus is between 20-24 weeks.
India’s law on abortion:
Conservative Approach of the legislators: Parliamentary debates on the MTP Act reveal that legislators were concerned that a “liberal” abortion law would promote sexual promiscuity amongst women. Addressing this concern, the government, through its ministers, assured Parliament that “by far the greatest numbers of women who seek abortion are married.
The Supreme Court’s interpretations:
Effects of the Judgement:
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