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Kerala High Court allows termination of 28-week pregnancy of 14-year-old rape survivor

The Court was dealing with a plea seeking termination of a minor girl’s pregnancy which was conceived out of rape.

The Court had earlier ordered the constitution of a medical board to examine the pregnant child and the board’s report stated that the continuation of the pregnancy would cause grave mental injury to the minor.

Based on the opinion of the board, the Court permitted the termination of the pregnancy at a government hospital and directed the Superintendent of Police to take immediate measures to constitute a medical team for conducting the procedure.

The Court also stated in its order that if the baby is born alive and the petitioner is not willing to assume the responsibility of the baby, the State and its agencies shall assume full responsibility and offer medical support and facilities to the child, as may be reasonably feasible, keeping in mind the best interests of the child and the statutory provisions in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

Source: Barandbench

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