New Delhi: The Supreme Court gave another historic decision regarding the rights of women. The court on Thursday passed an interim order allowing an unmarried woman who is 24 weeks pregnant to abort. Along with this, the court ordered the formation of the medical board of AIIMS. This board will investigate whether there is any danger in abortion. If no threat is found, the woman will be aborted.
With this, the Supreme Court also changed the decision of the Delhi High Court, in which the court did not allow an abortion to an unmarried woman. The woman challenged this decision of the High Court in the Supreme Court. The woman is unmarried, she was living in a live-in and had a relationship of her own free will, due to which she became pregnant.
The Supreme Court has extended the scope of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act i.e. abortion law to unmarried women. While delivering the judgment, Justice DY Chandrachud made important remarks that the interpretation of the MTP Act cannot be limited to married women only. Also, it cannot be limited to termination of pregnancy up to 20 weeks. Doing so would discriminate against unmarried women.
The court said, while making the law, it would not have been the intention of the legislature to restrict the abortion law to married women only. Now after the decision of the Supreme Court, the medical board will give its report whether a safe abortion of the woman can be done or not.