Added on : 2020-01-29 15:00:25
The Union Cabinet approved extending the upper limit for permitting abortions from the present 20 weeks to 24 weeks. The Cabinet approved the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that this will ensure safe termination of pregnancies and also give women reproductive rights over their bodies. This is important because in first 5 months there are cases where the girl concerned doesn't realise and has to go to court. This was discussed with various stakeholders.