Student Who Wanted Abortion at 29 Weeks Changes Her Mind, Places Baby for Adoption

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 2, 2023   |   4:37PM   |   New Delhi, India

A fearful pregnant student who initially wanted a late-term abortion decided this week to make an adoption plan for her baby instead.

According to Bar and Bench, the 20-year-old woman from India changed her mind and chose life for her unborn baby after she received counseling and offers of housing and medical support. She is 29-weeks pregnant.

India allows unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. In recent years, however, the Asian country’s courts have been granting numerous exceptions to the law for victims of rape and mothers of unborn babies with disabilities.

In the young woman’s case, she asked the court for permission for a late-term abortion on the grounds that her “career would be ruined” and her mental health suffered, according to the report.

However, during an initial hearing, lawyers and justices on the India Supreme Court encouraged the young woman to consider other options and offered resources to help her. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said an abortion at such a late stage of pregnancy is basically killing a child, the report continues.

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What’s more, Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati even offered to allow the young woman to stay at her home, according to the report.

“I will bring her to my own home if needed,” Bhati said.

The young woman received counseling, and, on Thursday, she agreed to an adoption plan for her unborn baby.

The justices, including Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, approved the plan for adoption through the Central Adoption Resource Authority, and ordered that the young woman be provided with medical care at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, according to the report.

Court officials said an approved adoptive family already has been chosen for the baby.

The case demonstrates how counseling and support help pregnant mothers and save unborn babies’ lives. Frequently, women seek out abortions in desperation because they feel financially unprepared or they have no one to support them. But when, through pregnancy resource centers and other charities and individuals, women discover that there is help for them and their babies, many choose life.