Supreme Court: Unmarried women are entitled to safe and legal abortion

The Court ruled that the exclusion of unmarried women from the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Rules is unconstitutional.

"All women are entitled to safe and legal abortion", the court observed.

"The rights of reproductive autonomy give an unmarried women similar rights as a married women", the Court added.

Section 3(2)(b) of the MTP Act allows women to undergo abortion after 20-24 weeks.

Therefore, including only married and excluding unmarried woman will be violates Article 14 of the Constitution, the court noted.

Source: BS