INDIA – Bombay court supports woman’s right to terminate a 32-week pregnancy + Tamil Nadu district pharmacies told not to sell abortion pills without a prescription

The Bombay High Court recently allowed a married woman to undergo medical termination of her 32-week pregnancy citing serious fetal abnormalities and said, “The decision is hers, and hers alone to make, once the conditions in the statute are met. The right to choose is the mother’s.” A Division Bench of Justices GS Patel and SG Dige heard a plea filed by a woman in January 2023 through advocate Aditi Saxena that said the sonography of the fetus showed serious anomalies and abnormalities during a routine medical check-up on 22 December 2022….

SOURCE: The Hindu, 23 January 2023 ; PHOTO: mid-day, 25 January 2023


The Drugs Control Department of Tamil Nadu has instructed pharmacies in Coimbatore district not to sell abortion pills to anyone who does not produce a valid prescription from a gynaecologist. The instruction was given to pharmacy owners at a recent meeting arranged by that department. According to Department officials, the meeting was held based on an instruction issued by PV Vijayalakshmi, Director of Drugs Control, on cautious handling of abortion pills to medical shops across Tamil Nadu….

SOURCE: The Hindu, 14 January 2023