Plea for abortion: SC orders med examination of rape victim

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute to set up a medical board to examine a rape survivor who has sought termination of her 25-week old foetus.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked the head of the medical institution to set the doctors’ panel by tomorrow to examine the risk factors and feasibility of aborting the foetus at 11.30 AM on September 20.

The bench, also comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said the report should be made available to it as soon as possible and fixed the plea for hearing on September 21.

The rape survivor has challenged the Karnataka High Court order refusing the nod to abort the foetus.

Meanwhile, the court sought assistance of Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar who also favoured expeditious setting up of the medical board keeping in mind the urgency of the matter.

The provision of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act prohibits abortion of the foetus beyond 20-week.

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