Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 has been amended in March 2020 with crucial changes that now further approval in the ensuing session of the Parliament.
According to the new bill, abortion even beyond a period of 24 weeks for foetuses that are “abnormal” are permitted.
The bill allows for pregnancies to be terminated, with the assent of one medical practitioner, within 20 weeks, earlier, the assent of two medical practitioners was needed.
For those beyond 24 weeks of pregnancy, medical termination is permitted for; rape survivors, incest survivors, differently-abled women, for minor as per the Indian Majority Act of 1875, and due to abnormalities in the foetus have been detected during the 24 weeks.
The bill also provides a privacy clause for women who seek medical termination.