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India law allowing abortion up to 24 weeks takes effect

Under a recent notification released by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Act, 2021 came into force Friday. The amended law allows for medical termination of pregnancy in certain situations between the twentieth and the twenty-fourth week. This specific situation was not covered by the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 . The amended law defines “termination of pregnancy” as a procedure used to terminate a pregnancy by utilizing “medical” or “surgical” methods. Section 3 of the Act shall now allow for the termination of pregnancy up to twenty weeks after obtaining […]

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