The government of India on Wednesday extended the upper limit for permitting abortion to 24 weeks from the current 20 weeks. “In a progressive reform and giving reproductive rights to women, the limit of 20 weeks of medical termination of pregnancy has been increased to 24 weeks,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said adding that the move will allow more reproductive rights to the women.
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The move comes after it was noticed that some women – who don’t wish to get pregnant at the moment – failed to realise they were pregnant within the 20 weeks period. The cabinet will amend the Pregnancy Act, 1971 to bring the changes to the law after it passes the scrutiny of Lok and Rajya Sabha.
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