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Historic verdict by Kolkata HC allows woman to terminate 35-week pregnancy

The court ordered the director of the Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research in Kolkata to form a medical board in accordance with the provisions of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, and submit their opinions to the court.

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The Kolkata high court permitted a woman to terminate her pregnancy beyond 35 weeks in a groundbreaking ruling after doctors found that the fetus had defects in the spinal cord and brain, making its chances of survival dismal.

Kolkata High Court. Picture for representational purposes only. Photo: Twitter

A nine-member medical team formed in response to the high court's orders recommended that if the child is permitted to be born with an open defect in the spinal cord and a brain malformation, he or she will require immediate spinal surgery as well as shunt surgery for an enlarged head.

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