Women have right to safe abortion: SC

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Women have right to safe abortion: SC

  • SC: Denying an unmarried woman right to safe abortion violates her personal autonomy and freedom.

The appeal

  • Supreme Court was hearing appeal of a woman who wanted to abort her 24-week pregnancy after her relationship failed.

What apex court said

  • MTP Act, 2021 substituted term ‘husband’ with ‘partner’, signaling that law covered unmarried women within its ambit.
  • Woman’s right to reproductive choice is part of her personal liberty under Article 21 of Constitution.
  • Forcing a woman to continue with her pregnancy would be violation of her bodily integrity and aggravate her mental trauma.

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Prelims take away

  • Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 2021
  • Article 21 of the Constitution