Bombay HC allows unmarried woman to terminate 22-week pregnancy citing mental health

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THE BOMBAY High Court on Tuesday allowed a 26-year-old unmarried woman to terminate her 22-week pregnancy.

Maintaining that it would affect her mental health if she continues with the pregnancy, the petitioner had told the HC that she was a working woman and experienced an unwanted pregnancy resulting from the failure of contraception devices in a consensual relationship.

A medical board appointed by the court had opined that the pregnancy is a result of consensual sexual relationship and continuation of the same may constitute grave injury to the woman’s mental health.

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