The government on Wednesday revised the upper limit for abortion from 20 weeks to 24 weeks for some categories of vulnerable women, PTI reported. The Centre notified new rules regarding this under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Rules, 2021.
The rules will be applicable to women and minors who have suffered sexual assault, rape, or incest.
The regulations will also cover women with mental illnesses and those with disabilities.
Others who are allowed abortions include women pregnant in disaster or emergency situations and whose marital status changes during their pregnancy.
According to the older rules, an abortion that was performed within 12 weeks required a doctor’s consent. To terminate a pregnancy between 12 and 20 weeks, the consent of two doctors was required.