The Supreme Court of India has spared a late-term unborn baby and its 10-year-old mother, a rape victim, from abortion.
The young girl’s family is yet another this year to petition the Asian country’s high court for an exception to the late-term abortion ban. In the most recent case, the 10-year-old girl became pregnant after she allegedly was raped by her uncle, the Deccan Herald reports.
Abortions are illegal after 20 weeks of pregnancy in India. However, women increasingly have been petitioning the high court for permission to abort their late-term unborn babies because of fetal abnormalities. Some families of young rape victims also have made requests to the high court.
The young girl from Punjab is 32 weeks pregnant with her unborn child, and doctors who examined her said it is in her best interest to give birth to the child, according to Channel News Asia. This week, the high court agreed.
Here’s more from the report:
The Supreme Court judges said they cannot allow a termination because the medical report suggested it was “neither good for the mother nor the foetus”.
The girl, who has not been named, was allegedly raped several times by an uncle. He has been arrested for multiple rape.
The pregnancy was only discovered recently after her parents took her to hospital complaining of stomach pain. The parents then approached the courts to allow an abortion.
Their initial plea at a local court was declined over similar safety fears. The family challenged the ruling at the Supreme Court.
Lawyer for the girl’s family Alakh Srivastava told the Daily Trust the court also ordered that the girl and her baby be provided with “the best possible medical facilities.”