Monday, August 04, 2008

Indian Court Denies Abortion at 25 Weeks

The Bombay High Court in India has denied a couple permission to abort their 25-week unborn child. Niketa and Haresh Mehta petitioned the court for an abortion after their child had been diagnosed with a congenital heart condition which will require the child to have a pacemaker. In a paper submitted to the court, a panel of three doctors found the child would have “least chances” (I’m guessing this means low chances) of being born handicapped or incapacitated.

According to the Times of India, numerous organizations have offered to help the Mehtas care for their child, including an offer to pay for the pacemaker. The Mehtas, however, seem more focused on getting rid of India’s late-term abortion restrictions.

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