NEW DELHI: The Centre has notified the new Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Rules, 2021, defining eligibility criteria for termination of pregnancy up to 24 weeks against the previous limit of 20 weeks.
The eligible categories include survivors of sexual assault, rape or incest, minors, women with physical disabilities, mentally ill women, including those suffering from retardation and situations where the foetal malformation has high risk of being incompatible with life.
This is a welcome move which will facilitate and streamline the process of abortion in such special circumstances.
The rules create space for women whose cases may be considered where there is change of marital status during ongoing pregnancy like widowhood and divorce.
The opinion of registered medical practitioner, eligible as per rules, is required for termination of pregnancy at different gestation ages up to 20 weeks. Opinion of two registered medical practitioners is required beyond 20 weeks till 24 weeks of gestation period.