As foetus has rare chromosomal disorder
New Delhi, Jan. 9 (Delhi Crown): The Delhi High Court has allowed termination of over 30-week pregnancy of a woman as the foetus suffered from non-curable disorders.
The foetus reportedly suffered not only from Edward Syndrome (Trisomy 18), but also from non-ossified nasal bone and bilateral pyelectasis.
“Had she given birth, the child would have such substantial abnormalities,” said the court order.
In the order the Delhi HC further said – “If the woman is forced to continue with the pregnancy, she will be in constant fear about the high odds of a stillbirth. Even if the infant is born alive, the mother would be bearing the heavy pain of knowing the child can die within a few months.”
Delivering the order, Justice Rekha Palli said that there were certain risks to the petitioner in undergoing termination of her pregnancy at this stage, but when considered in light of the medical opinion, “the compelling reason for her to seek permission to end the pregnancy was not difficult to understand”.
The court was informed by the woman that she had been explained the risks involved in the procedure. “I, thus, have no hesitation in holding that this is a fit case where the petitioner should be granted permission to undergo medical termination of her pregnancy at a medical facility of her choice. However, the same shall be done at her own risk and consequences,” the court said.