A high court in India gave a mother permission Tuesday to have a late-term abortion after her unborn baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and other health problems.
India prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but courts have granted numerous exceptions to the law in recent years for victims of rape and unborn babies with disabilities.
In this case, the mother from Chandigarh is 25 weeks pregnant with her unborn child, The Indian Express reports. Viability now is considered to be about 22 weeks.
Scroll India reports the unborn baby recently was diagnosed with “hydrocephalus with lumbo sacral spina bifida and meningomyelocoele with muld polyhydraminos.”
According to the reports, the Punjab and Haryana High Court argued that the late-term abortion should be allowed because of “human sufferings.”
“The courts in their endeavor to do justice need not function in a narrow strait jacket manner and need to have larger perspective of the human sufferings, bonds and desires and thereby ensure that a legal and legitimate relief to the party is not denied on religious dogmas and societal misbeliefs,” Justice Fatehdeep Singh argued in his ruling.
But abortion causes human suffering. Abortions violently destroy unborn babies’ lives. In this case, the reports mentioned that the unborn baby likely will be killed by being injected in the heart with a poisonous potassium chloride solution. The baby likely will feel excruciating pain while he/she is being aborted, too. By 25 weeks of pregnancy, unborn babies are capable of feeling pain.
Late-term abortions also are dangerous for mothers. Even abortion advocacy groups admit that the risks of abortion increase greatly later in pregnancy, and women sometimes die along with their unborn babies in late-term abortions.
India has some of the highest abortion numbers in the world. Approximately 15.6 million unborn babies were aborted in the country in 2015, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Though illegal, sex-selection abortions are a huge problem in the country, and baby girls frequently are targeted. In 2018, the Government of India estimated that 63 million women are missing from its population due to sex-selection abortions, infanticide and other discriminatory violence.
LifeNews Note: Below is an image of an unborn baby at 25 weeks.