New Delhi, Oct 1 (ILNS: The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Lady Hardinge Hospital to constitute a medical board to ascertain the feasibility of medical termination of pregnancy of a woman, who has undergone 23 weeks of the gestation period.
A Single Judge Bench of Justice Rekha Palli directed the Medical Superintendent of Lady Hardinge Hospital to furnish the report ascertaining the feasibility of medical termination of pregnancy of petitioner, within 4 days.
Justice Rekha Palli said, “In my view as the petitioner is already undergoing treatment at Lady Hardinge Hospital, which is also a government hospital, instead of directing AIIMS (respondent no.3) to constitute a medical board to ascertain the feasibility of medical termination of the petitioner’s pregnancy as prayed, it would be appropriate that a Medical Board is constituted by Lady Harding Hospital itself. Accordingly, the Medical Superintendent of Lady Hardinge Hospital is impleaded as party as respondent no.4.”
The petitioner has relied upon an ultrasound report to state, the foetus does not have any skull bone, has small atrophic matter (aenecephaly), deformed vertebral column and is also suffering from mild ascitis omphalocele.
Advocate Sneha Mukherjee appearing on the behalf of the petitioner submitted that, the petitioner has been compelled to approach this Court as the amendment in the Act which was intended to permit the medical termination of pregnancies till 24 weeks in exceptional cases like the present case, has yet not been notified.
The matter has been listed for further hearing on October 5./ILNS/KR/SNG