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Abortion in India: A comprehensive study


Early termination in clinical terms implies the clinical or the surgery that is done to end a pregnancy before the undeveloped organism or the embryo is conceived. One more most pervasive justification behind fetus removal is female foeticide. Whenever couples or family discover that the hatchling in the belly is that of a female, they will cut short the embryo since they don't need a female youngster. The idea of early termination and fetus removal regulations have been confronting a long going tussle between not being morally, ethically, or strictly OK and being essential or significant. Discussing female foeticide, it has been seen that the mother or two or three tries to cut short their embryo since it is a female. In such cases, the early termination is done because of pressure and against the desire of such a mother or the couple.


The Indian Penal Code, 1860 and The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 from its very commencement under British system made fetus removal a criminal offense. After the Roe v. Swim case, where it was held that the pregnant lady has a privilege to decide to have an early termination, European and American nations began to sanction fetus removal.

Abortion laws and provisions in India

Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860

IPC takes a discipline concentrated point of view for improper early terminations and fetus removals that are managed without the assent of the bearing female. Further, it utilizes the term 'unnatural birth cycle' instead of 'fetus removal'. The Code makes reference to nothing about legitimately cutting short in instances of undesirable pregnancies or pregnancy happening from a grievous wrongdoing like assault. Any individual observed at risk under this segment will be rebuffed with life detainment or detainment that can be reached out to 10 years. Independent of the reality whether or not such a female is fast with a youngster, such an individual will likewise be responsible for a fine as chosen by the court. Offenses submitted under this part are cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable.

The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971

This act is a little demonstration comprising of just 8 segments. It dismisses the areas referenced in the IPC in regards to fetus removal. This act recognizes the female's physical and mental trouble that she will be going through assuming she should bring forth a kid from an undesirable pregnancy. The part specifies that the pregnancy as long as 12 weeks can be cut short by a clinical professional if he/she is of the assessment that fetus removal is expected under great confidence. Pregnancy as long as 20 weeks can be cut short assuming two clinical specialists are persuaded that an early termination is expected under great confidence.

Further, a minor young lady's pregnancy can't be ended without the assent of her gatekeeper. The prerequisite of the length of the pregnancy and the assessment of at least two enrolled clinical specialists will not have any significant bearing to the end of a pregnancy by the enlisted clinical professional. Section 2 sets out that when one clinical specialist is of the assessment that quick end of a lady's pregnancy is expected for saving her life, the arrangements of Section 4 and the arrangement of Section 3 that expresses the prerequisite of two clinical experts will not have any significant bearing. This segment further rebuffs the end of pregnancy by a not an enrolled clinical individual expert by thorough detainment for a considerable length of time which can be reached out as long as 7 years.

The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020

The bureau endorsed the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to alter the demonstration. The change charge proposes to build the incubation time frame inside which early terminations should be possible from 20 weeks to 24 weeks. This is finished by different examination and studies completed which demonstrates that fetus removal did in the twentieth seven day stretch of pregnancy has a similar effect when the early termination is done on the 24th week.

Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Act, 1994

The Act targets controlling female foeticide by checking and forestalling the abuse of prenatal demonstrative methods to decide the sex of the hatchling. It is broadly predominant in the country to complete sex assurance tests with the goal that the female embryo can be cut off. This training has screwed the sex proportion towards the guys and along these lines made the country have a negative sex proportion.

Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO), 2012

MTP Act lays out an age bar on consensual sexual exercises at 18. Under this demonstration, all pregnant females beneath the age of 18 are viewed as assault survivors even of the sexual demonstration was consensual. By and large, pregnancy of minor assault casualties is permitted to be ended by the court. In 2015 the Supreme Court permitted end of post-20 weeks pregnancy where a group of specialists verified that the pregnancy would hurt the young lady's psychological and actual wellbeing.


Indian regulations on early termination are significantly more moderate when contrasted with that of the USA. The USA was ahead of schedule to announce fetus removal as a piece of a lady's 'zone of protection' through the judgment of Roe versus Wade. India perceived female's all in all correct to early termination has her Option to individual freedom ensured under Article 21 years after the fact. The majority of the nations permit fetus removal in the event that the actual wellbeing or the existence of the bearing ladies will be in danger assuming the pregnancy is proceeded. This must be in the lines of the clinical and mechanical capability of the nation and must be refreshed as and when there is some advancement in this field. An illustration of the equivalent can be drawn from Indian regulations.

This article is written by Pradumn Singh of Bharati Vidyapeeth New Law College Pune.

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