The 24-week pregnant woman from Dombivli will reach KEM Hospital, Parel, by 2:00pm, to get her foetus aborted, after the Supreme Court granted her permission to do the same.
“We are leaving in some time. Hope the procedure gets over safely,” said her husband Santosh Pal, 38, from their residence.
The Supreme Court had, on Monday afternoon, granted permission to 22-year-old Meera Pal to abort her foetus that was diagnosed with anencephaly — a rare condition in which babies are born with parts of their brain and skull missing, at 21.1 weeks of pregnancy.
The present law, under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, does not allow abortion post 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The court had decided to grant her permission, based on a report submitted by a panel of doctors at KEM Hospital.
The couple was extremely relieved with the decision but had wanted to get the procedure done at a private facility. The court has asked her to undergo the abortion at KEM Hospital. “I hoped the court would allow us to go to a private facility to maintain anonymity,” Santosh told HT.