The government has issued new rules under which the gestational age limit for abortion has been increased from 20 to 24 weeks for certain categories of women.
According to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Rules, 2021, these categories include sexual abuse or rape or incest, juvenile delinquency during pregnancy (legalization and divorce) and marital status of persons with physical disabilities.
The new rules also cover mentally ill women, in the case of fetal malformations who have a substantial risk of becoming incompatible with life or if the child is born with severe physical or mental abnormalities such as disability, and in a human environment. Can
The new rules come under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Act, 2021, which was passed by Parliament in March.
Previously, a doctor’s opinion was required for an abortion if it was performed within 12 weeks of pregnancy and two doctors if it was performed between 12 and 20 weeks.
Under the new rules, a state-level medical board will be set up to determine whether abortion can be terminated after 2 weeks of gestation and if there is a substantial risk of life-threatening fetal malformations. May suffer from physical or mental abnormalities.
The job of the medical board will be to examine the woman and her report if she contacts for termination of pregnancy treatment and provides feedback on the rejection of the termination request within three days of termination of the pregnancy or request.