Oct 28

Husband’s consent not needed for abortion : SC of India

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A three judge bench of the Supreme Court of India comprising of Chief Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice A.M. Kanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud dismissed an appeal against the judgment of the Hon’ble Punjab & Haryana High Court that had held that only the consent of the mother is required for medical termination of pregnancy or abortion. Her husband has no right to force her into a pregnancy that is undesirable by the woman. The Court held that an adult woman has the “unimpeachable right” to either choose to continue with the pregnancy or terminate it if she so desires. A woman must be mentally prepared to conceive and give birth to the child. This judgment is very welcome in the present scenario and experts believe that it will go a long way to uphold women empowerment.

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