[MTP Act] Excluding unmarried woman from terminating pregnancy beyond 20 weeks violative of Article 14: Supreme Court

A Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, AS Bopanna, and JB Pardiwala held that Rule 3B(c) of the MTP Rules cannot be interpreted in a restrictive manner so as to deny right of abortion to unmarried woman beyond 20 weeks.
Pregnant woman and supreme court
Pregnant woman and supreme court

In a significant judgment, the Supreme Court on Thursday held that provisions in Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (MTP Act) allowing termination pregnancy beyond 20 weeks and upto 24 weeks cannot be denied to a woman merely because she is unmarried [X Versus The Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Department, Delhi NCT Government and anr].

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