Medical termination of 26-week foetus with microcephaly allowed by Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court allowed a petition seeking medical termination of a nearly 26-week pregnancy since the foetus was detected with microcephaly, a condition where the baby’s head is smaller than expected. Even though the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 allows medical termination of pregnancies upto 24 weeks, the Court was of the opinion that this was a case where medical termination could be allowed since the microcephaly is a foetal abnormality that can affect the neurological development of a baby.