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Abortion unsafe for 10-year-old rape survivor: PGI | SNE

By  TOI .
Jul 27, 2017

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The 10-yearold rape survivor from Chandigarh is between 30 and 32 weeks pregnant and will have to go through a normal delivery . Doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, examined the girl on Wednesday after the Supreme Court directed the institute to conduct a second examination of the girl.

Sources said the doctors have recommended against any intervention at this point, implying that neither abortion nor a C-section is advisable, unless there is an emergency .

The girl had been raped several times allegedly by her maternal uncle.

Experts at PGIMER prepared the report after the rape survivor underwent a battery of tests on Wednesday which continued for almost two hours and included ultrasound, valve condition of the unborn baby and the girl and her mental condition. The doctors also conside her previous medical re red her previous medical record which mentioned that she had a hole in the heart at birth.

However, the girl and her unborn baby have normal heart condition.

Officials at PGIMER were tight-lipped about the medical report of the survivor. Sources said that doctors have suggested that the delivery of the girl must be done in an established hospital under expert guidance. “The girl’s health is normal, though she is slightly anaemic. Any surgery , either for abortion or full term delivery can be risky,“ said an official in PGIMER.

The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, permits abortion till the fetus is 20 weeks old with exceptions being made in emergencies.

It was on July 18 that a lower court in Chandigarh had refused permission to the 10-year-old to abort the fetus.

On July 24, the Supreme Court decided to let PGIMER examine whether she could be allowed to terminate her unwanted pregnancy. The next hearing in the apex court is on July 28.

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