If the person who needs an abortion is a minor, i.e. a person below 18 years of age, then the consent of her guardian is compulsory. A guardian will be the parent or any person who takes care of her under the law. The doctor has a duty to make sure that the guardian’s consent is obtained before conducting the abortion on minors. Further, if the doctor suspects child sexual abuse due to which the girl is pregnant then the doctor has a duty to report it to the police. Even though the doctor may know about the child sexual abuse through discharge of their professional duties or within a confidential relationship, they are still legally bound to report any suspicion of child sexual abuse.0
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