Termination of pregnancy in India is governed under Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, which allows abortion of foetus only within 20 weeks of pregnancy.

In a significant departure from the law, the Delhi HC recently allowed a woman to abort her 25-week foetus diagnosed with a congenital anomaly.

Source: Scroll

According to a report by The Hindu, the court took into cognizance the medical condition of the foetus that made it impossible for the child to survive after birth.

The 27-year-old, to-be-mother had challenged certain sections of the MTP Act, that do not allow abortion of a foetus beyond the 20-week timeline.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

A bench of Chief Justice and Justice C. Hari Shankar gave their verdict after consulting medical experts from AIIMS. The court said:

"In a case where the condition of the foetus is incompatible with life, the rigour of Section 3(2) of the MTP Act deserves to be relaxed."
Source: IPPF

Dr. K. Aparna Sharma, Assistant Professor, Obstetric and Gynaecology, also informed the court that there was a very little possibility of the to-be-mother to undergo surgery for terminating her pregnancy.