Indian girl, 14, to have late abortion after court row

GavelA 14-year-old alleged rape victim will undergo a late-term abortion, one of her doctors said Thursday, days after India’s top court overturned previous rulings barring the girl from the procedure.

The father of the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claims she became pregnant in February after her doctor injected her with sedatives and then raped her.

His petition for her to be allowed an abortion after the 20-week legal limit was turned down by two regional courts before the Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the go-ahead if medics deemed there was a “serious threat to her life if the child is not aborted”.

M. M. Prabhakar, one of the doctors appointed to the case, said the girl was not in a fit state to have the baby and the procedure would be carried out on Friday in Ahmedabad, the main city in western Gujurat state.

“The girl is not physically fit and her mental condition is also not stable. She was found to have suicidal tendencies,” Prabhakar, the medical chief of Ahmedabad’s civil hospital, told AFP.

“Therefore it has been decided to abort the foetus.”

The girl’s father took his appeal to New Delhi’s Supreme Court after the Gujurat High Court denied permission for the abortion last week, saying the baby was innocent and “did not ask to be born”.

Police are holding the doctor who allegedly raped the 14-year-old in custody.

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  • Benbella

    Indian and Nigerian have they same thinking getting married to under Age at 13, 14, and 15 what a shame to does who approved such stupid culture in their Countries they are babies and they cant take care of baby their parents should be arrested period , hopeless people with backward thinking ,

  • Anna H.

    Praying that this young woman finds the healing she needs in Jesus Christ. Lord, may this young girl find compassion, comfort, healing, and Your Salvation. King Jesus, she is so hurt… but nothing is irredeemable in Your everlasting arms. Jesus, hold these children in your arms, Father; I pray this baby would be spared, in Your Holy Name. Amen.
    “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
    14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.”
    Psalm 139:13-14. May this girl find this to be true of both herself, and her child. Jesus, move in this situation for Your glory. Let them know Your Joy, Jesus. For, “the joy of the Lord is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Thank you, Jesus. Amen.