Exclude girls below 16yrs from MTP Act, 1971
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I just want to bring your attention towards a very important but neglected issue in this 21st century. The issue is about denial of permission of abortion for minor girls after 20 weeks of pregnancy who were abused and raped as per MTP Act, 1971.
Generally pregnancy before 16 yrs of age in girls is a result of child abuse which is prevalent nowadays. It results in serious mental trauma to the girl and also poses life threatening risks of complications of pregnancy.
We have seen so many cases of child abuse resulting in pregnancy and parents might come to know about it when its too late. Doctors are bound by this outdated MTP Act, so no one is able to help the minor after 20 weeks and finally the parents have to go underground ( find out local means and ways for abortion) to save their innocent daughter which itself poses a great threat to her life.
My proposal is to exclude girls below 16 yrs from this MTP Act so that they can get abortion done even after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
This will not only help the girl child in reducing her mental and physical trauma but the baby born out of this girl also. The family and society will find it difficult to accept the child and you never know that baby might be found near a garbage dump as s/he is unwanted like what happens to many baby girls in our society.
I just want to give the right to abortion to that girl child and her guardians. The final decision regarding abortion will be taken by the doctors after thorough study of the case and balancing between the pros and cons as abortion at later stages of pregnancy can cause danger to the life of the girl child.
I just request the concerned authorities i.e. CWC (Child welfare committee) and Ministry of Women and Child Development, GOI to look into this matter urgently and propose it to GOI( Govt. Of India) to amend MTP Act, 1971 (Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act).
Its my humble request to everyone to support this petition so that we can save these minor girls from misery and suffering.
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