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Supreme Court allows Pune girl to abort foetus


New Delhi: The Supreme Court allowed on Thursday a Pune-based woman to abort her 24-week foetus, which did not have a skull or a brain. The apex court relied on the report of the medical board of the Pune-based BJ Government Medical College that there was no medical treatment for the anomaly.

“We consider it appropriate and in the interest of justice to allow termination of pregnancy,” a bench comprising Justices S.A. Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao said.

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The 20-year-old woman was examined at the Pune hospital. The doctors said in their report that there was a “complete absence of brain and skull” of the foetus and survival rate was minimal.

Solicitor-General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the Centre, told the bench that the government had, in accordance with the apex court’s earlier direction, communicated to all states and Union Territories to constitute medical boards to deal with such abortion matters.