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After Supreme Court's abortion judgement, Congress says this Abortion
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi | Image Credit: UNI

After Supreme Court's abortion judgement, Congress says this

IBNS | @indiablooms | 29 Sep 2022, 01:47 pm

New Delhi/IBNS/UNI: Congress, the primary opposition party in the country, has welcomed the Supreme Court's Thursday judgement of allowing all women irrespective of their marital status to abort till 24 weeks of pregnancy.

The Congress has put up a tweet which reads, "Supreme Court has today upheld the fundamental right of an equal world.

"The right of women over their own bodies irrespective of their marital status is intrinsic to their being. This landmark judgment enshrines the most inclusive values of our constitution."

The court also said that an unmarried woman has the right to abort under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act till 24 weeks of pregnancy.

It also said that sexual assault by husbands can take the form of rape, and the meaning of rape must include the meaning of marital rape under the MTP Act and Rules for the purposes of abortion.

Interpreting the MTP Act, Justice D Y Chandrachud said, "Even an unmarried woman can undergo abortion up to 24 weeks on par with married women."

The apex court passed the judgment after hearing petitions challenging appropriate directions in MTP cases.