When there has been a failure of contraceptive devices, and a married woman becomes pregnant, it will be presumed that the pregnancy was unwanted and that the woman’s mental health will be affected if the pregnancy continues. Therefore, the doctor can perform the abortion if the pregnancy is below 20 weeks if the woman so desires and the doctor has an opinion that is should be done.
This presumption does not apply to unmarried women who have conceived due to failure of contraceptives. However, this does not mean that unmarried women cannot get an abortion. If a medical practitioner believes that their mental health will be affected by the continuation of the pregnancy then the abortion will be legally allowed.0