The Supreme Court has granted medical termination of pregnancy to a 26-week pregnant married woman, highlighting the importance of family planning and taking precautions. The Court referred the case to a larger bench, where the Union submitted a recall application based on a medical report indicating a fair chance of the fetus surviving. The Court emphasized the value of family planning and the need for proper precautions.
The Court also stressed that as India is the most populous nation, every citizen is responsible for considering family planning and raising children to be moral and healthy individuals. The Court also urged federal and state governments to ensure public information about maternal and family health programs. The Court also highlighted the crimes of female infanticide.
Supreme Court says Every Citizen’s Duty to Practice Family Planning
The Court stated, “India is the world’s most populous country; citizens must practice family planning.”
A directive permitting the medical termination of pregnancy
The significance of family planning and taking appropriate precautions got highlighted by the Supreme Court on Monday (October 9) in an order permitting the medical termination of pregnancy for a married woman who is 26 weeks pregnant.
Report: The fetus had a good chance of surviving
It is crucial to remember that yesterday, the Justice Hima Kohli and Justice BV Nagarathna bench, hearing the Union’s recall application against the previous ruling, referred the case to a larger court. The Union submitted the recall application, pointing to another medical report that stated the fetus had a good chance of surviving.
What did Justice Hima Kohli and BV Nagarathna state?
In contrast to Justice Hima Kohli, who stated that the “judicial conscience” she possesses prevents her from approving the termination of a pregnancy in light of the most recent medical report regarding the likelihood that the fetus will survive, Justice BV Nagarathna stated that she saw no reason to overturn the “well-reasoned order” that the Court initially issued on October 9.
The Court emphasized the value of family planning
Since the petitioner was nursing her second child, she disclosed to the Court that she used lactation-related amenorrhea as contraception. But this method of birth control didn’t work, and she later found out she was pregnant. At this point, the Court emphasized the value of family planning and the necessity of taking appropriate precautions.
The Court additionally stated
The Court further stated that because India is the most populous nation in the world, every citizen is responsible for considering family planning. The Court emphasized that once children are born, parents must raise them to be moral and healthy individuals.
The Court further stated that the federal and state governments should take appropriate steps to ensure that the public gets information about their programs for maternal and family health. Even though this particular case had nothing to do with it, the Court also used the occasion to draw attention to the crimes of female infanticide.