Abortion of abnormal foetus cant be denied even if gestation is beyond

first_imgNEW DELHI: Right to terminate an abnormal pregnancy cannot be denied merely because gestation has continued beyond 20 weeks, the Delhi High Court has said while allowing a 25-week pregnant woman’s plea to abort her foetus which had enlarged kidneys and was not expected to survive. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar said the section of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act which prohibits abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy even if the foetus is abnormal, and the provision which relaxes this restraint if there is an immediate threat to the life of the mother, have to be considered cumulatively and not in isolation. “Seen thus, we are convinced that, even in a case where the condition of the foetus is, as in the present case, incompatible with life, the rigour of section 3(2) deserves to be relaxed, and the right to terminate the pregnancy cannot be denied merely because gestation has continued beyond 20 weeks. “Law, needless to say, cannot be construed in a manner incompatible with life,” the court said Friday and permitted the woman to terminate her pregnancy. The bench, while allowing her plea, also took into account the report of the medical board constituted by AIIMS on the high court’s direction. The woman, in her petition filed through advocate Sneha Mukherjee, had challenged the Constitutionality of sections 3(2)(b) and 5(1) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971. While section 3(2)(b) of the Act prohibits termination of a pregnancy of over 20 weeks, section 5(1) allows abortion if there is an immediate threat to the life of the mother. The petition had contended that the 20 weeks stipulation for a woman to avail abortion services under section 3(2) (b) of the Act may have been reasonable when the section was enacted in 1971 but has ceased to be reasonable today where technology has advanced and it is perfectly safe for a woman to abort at any point during the entire period of pregnancy. “Secondly, determination of foetal abnormality in many cases can only be done after the 20th week and by keeping the ceiling artificially low, women who obtain reports of serious foetal abnormality after the 20th week have to suffer excruciating pain and agony because of the deliveries that they are forced to go through,” the plea had said. The ceiling of 20 weeks is therefore “arbitrary, harsh, discriminatory and violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India”, it had contended. The plea had challenged section 5 of the Act to the extent it states that termination of a more than 20-week pregnancy be permitted only if it was immediately necessary to save the life of the mother. It had claimed that “as written, the MTP Act encourages desperate women, who learn about a foetal abnormality after the 20th week, to seek out unsafe abortions from untrained medical personnel”. Illegal abortions are the third leading cause of maternal death in India and account for 13 per cent of maternal deaths worldwide, the petition had said. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for youlast_img read more

Jeep sinks in river in Russia killing 10 including six children

first_img World 11 Jul 2019 Outpouring of support in Russia for sisters who killed abusive father World 08 Jul 2019 Russia plans to make 200 more Sukhoi jets despite crash – minister World 10 Jul 2019 Russian police detain Crimean Tatar protesters on Moscow’s Red Square {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Police have recovered the victims’ bodies, they said in a statement. (Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn)center_img MOSCOW (Reuters) – A jeep flipped over on Friday while trying to cross the shallows of a river in the Siberian region of Tuva, killing 10 people, including six children, Russian police said. Related News Related Newslast_img read more

India Russia hold talks to boost space cooperation

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:12 IST Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of Russia’s space agency ROSCOSMOS, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval led the two sides in the meeting. (Photos: ANI)India and Russia held high-level talks here to elevate bilateral cooperation to the next level in the field of space, including assistance in India’s maiden human space flight mission ‘Gaganyaan’, according to Ministry of External Affairs.National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Dmitry Rogozin, Director-General of Russia’s space agency ROSCOSMOS, led the two sides in the meeting held on Thursday.”There have been frequent contacts between the two space agencies to finalise the details of the Gaganyaan Mission, which will carry Indian astronaut to space in 2022, to coincide with India’s 75th anniversary of Independence,” an MEA statement said Friday.Russia has promised all assistance for India’s Human Space Flight Mission and details regarding cooperation for the Gaganyaan Mission were discussed, the statement said, adding it also offered support to India in participating in the International Space Station.Both sides agreed to take a strategic approach to elevate bilateral cooperation to the next level keeping in mind the special and privileged partnership and India’s priorities such as Make in India programme, the MEA said.Senior representatives of ROSCOSMOS, GLAVCOSMOS, Energia and Energomash were present from the Russian side. From the Indian side, ISRO Chairman and Department of Space Secretary K Sivan and the Director of the Human Space Flight Programme also attended the meeting.Cooperation in futuristic technologies including new space systems, rocket engines, propellants and propulsion systems, spacecraft and launch vehicle technology were also discussed.”The Russian side stated that they would like to see India participate in the International Space Station, and offered its full support for this purpose,” the statement said.Space has emerged as a key area of cooperation between India and Russia in the high technology sector. India shares robust cooperation with Russia in strategic areas of defence, nuclear and space.Also Read | Pakistan not invited by Russia for Eastern Economic ForumAlso Watch | India signs $5.43 Billion deal with Russia on S-400 missileFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan India, Russia hold talks to boost space cooperationRussia has promised all assistance for India’s Human Space Flight Mission and details regarding cooperation for the Gaganyaan Mission were discussed, the statement said, adding it also offered support to India in participating in the International Space Station.advertisementlast_img read more