The law provides that a pregnant woman may get an abortion if her pregnancy is a result of rape. The doctor has a legal duty to assume in such cases that the pregnancy gravely affects the woman’s mental health1. However, it has to be noted that even if the pregnancy is a result of rape,Read more
How does this explainer help you?
This explainer explains the conditions under which abortion is legally allowed, and the rights of women in cases of abortion. It explains the considerations that medical practitioners must look intowhile conducting or approving an abortion. The explainer also sets out the nature of the offences and punishments specified under the law.
What are the laws being discussed?
The laws relating to abortion and sex selection are given in the The Medical Termination Of Pregnancy Act, 1971 and The Medical Termination Of Pregnancy Rules, 2003. These laws also apply to medical practitioners assisting people with these procedures.