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SC denies nod to woman to terminate her 26-week foetus with Down Syndrome

SC denies nod to woman to terminate her 26-week foetus with Down Syndrome

New Delhi: The Supreme Court refused to allow a woman, who is in her 26th week of pregnancy, to abort her foetus on the ground that it suffered from ‘down syndrome’, saying “we have a life in our hands”.

The apex court said that as per a report of the medical board constituted to examine the 37-year-old woman, there was no physical risk to the mother in continuation of pregnancy.

A bench of Justices S A Bobde and L N Rao observed that though “everybody knows that children with down syndrome are undoubtedly less intelligent, but they are fine people.”

The bench said as per the report, the foetus is “likely to have mental and physical challenges” but the advise of the doctors does not warrant termination of pregnancy.

“With this report, we don’t think we are going to allow termination of pregnancy. We have a life in our hands,” the bench said.

“In these circumstances, as per the present advise, it is not possible to grant permission to terminate the pregnancy,” the court said.

Down syndrome is a congenital disorder which causes intellectual impairment and physical abnormalities.


Source: PTI
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    dr. prathyusha March 5, 2017, 4:39 pm

    It\’s better to terminate that baby as we can\’t imagine how that baby will grow up in future with all its mental and physical abnormalities and more over it\’s a big stress to mother to grow up such a child as mother herelf is giving consent for termination and as her life will not be at risk after aborting and considering her financial status and social evils it\’s better to terminate . If government is ready to support such children considering all their financial matters then the supreme court can give judgement in the way mentioned above

  2. i don\’t know, but there should be separate medical courts for these kind of decisions because its my firm belief that a judge can not reveal the trauma of bearing a mentally retarded child. i think judiciary is not a proper agency to deliver these kind of decision. medicine works on the principle of possibilities and these should be discussed in a medical forum rather in court of law where nobody is medico.

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    Dr.Devika Rathi March 2, 2017, 10:08 am

    Offcourse the woman\’s social life is in danger.From now on in coming years she has to live with this less intelligent baby!
    If that judge is given a chance to upbring this baby how he will manage his life?
    Then why we want to give our society a gift of lesser intelligence?
    It is not a fair well worked up descision!

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    Poornima Ramesh March 1, 2017, 11:31 pm

    In other countries the government supports such children . Here in India parents need to bear the financial , social emotional , physical burden of bringing up such children . the court should also look into these aspects and support the parents . just by giving such judgement will not suffice .
    abortion law need amendment to extend gestation age till 24 weeks for termination as legal as in many countries .
    even in a metro city not every one an easily confirm the diagnosis of Downs syndrome . time is lost in getting specialist to do appropriate procedure at appropriate time .

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