A woman who is 28-weeks pregnant may have an abortion because her unborn baby is “incompatible with life,” a court in India ruled Monday.
India Legal reports judges on the Delhi High Court decided to grant the woman an exception to the country’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks. They heard her petition last week and returned with a decision Monday.
They based their ruling on a recommendation by a panel of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences hospital, according to the report.
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The woman said she wants an abortion because her unborn baby is “incompatible with life,” a phrase used frequently to justify killing a late-term unborn baby in an abortion. She also argued that late-term abortions are safer now because of advances in modern medicine.
At 28 weeks of pregnancy, unborn babies are viable outside the womb and capable of feeling intense pain. Studies have found that unborn babies at this stage recognize nursery rhymes and people’s faces. They are unique, complete living human beings.
The unnamed mother also argued that India’s current ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy is unfair because it often prevents women from aborting unborn babies with disabilities, according to the report.
“… by keeping the ceiling artificially low, women who obtain reports of serious fetal abnormality after the 20th week have to suffer excruciating pain and agony because of the deliveries that they are forced to go through,” her petition to the court argues. “The ceiling of 20 weeks is therefore arbitrary, harsh, discriminatory and violates Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India.”
But abortions involve two lives, not just one, and late-term abortions can be deadly to mothers as well as their unborn babies. The woman’s petition also is misleading about the nature of late-term abortions. Whether a woman gives birth or aborts her unborn baby, she still has to go through the “excruciating pain and agony” of labor and delivery. The only difference is that in a late-term abortion, the unborn baby is already dead.
A third-trimester abortion typically involves injecting a poisonous potassium chloride solution through the woman’s stomach into the baby’s heart – causing excruciating pain to the baby as the poison stops his/her heart. A few days later, labor is induced and the woman delivers her dead baby’s body.
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.
India’s abortion law 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.
The Asian country 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.
LifeNews Note: Image below shows a 28-week-old unborn baby.