India’s high court grants all women the right to safe abortion
NEW DELHI — India’s top court Thursday ruled that all women, married or unmarried, are entitled to a safe and legal abortion process till 24 weeks of pregnancy.
The court said making any distinction between a married and an unmarried woman in this regard is unconstitutional.
The verdict came on a petition by a 25-year-old unmarried woman who had appealed against a Delhi high court order.
There are strict rules governing abortions in India because of the abortions of millions of female fetuses that led to a skewed gender ratio in the country.
Last year, the government amended protocols to allow several categories of women to seek abortions between 20 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. ( Agencies)