All cases petitioned at the SC were above 20 weeks of gestation, five of which were rape cases and 15 involved cases of foetal abnormalities.
Article 490 of the legal code of the Muslim kingdom punishes sexual relations out of wedlock, while the law also forbids all abortions unless the mother's life is in danger.
She had waited for more than a decade to conceive naturally. As hopes started waning, after much deliberation she turned to in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
The government said India's high maternal mortality rate is on account of woman seeking unsafe abortions beyond the prescribed ceiling of 20 weeks when no foetal abnormalities are detected.
The Supreme Court, in 2017, had declined to amend the Act which prohibits termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks.
Under the Trump administration rule, clinics will be restricted in how they can discuss abortion as an option with pregnant women.
It said that in case of minors, there should be an alternative route for making safe abortions accessible in a situation where the guardian refused consent.
The decision to drop a clause to permit nurses, auxiliary nurse and midwife and AYUSH doctors to perform abortions has come despite a push by the AYUSH Ministry to endorse the provision.
Lawmakers in Pope Francis' native Argentina vote on legalizing abortion, which if passed, would make it the most populous country in South America to allow women to terminate pregnancies.
In conservative Salta province, where the girl lives, abortion in case of rape is permitted only during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
The eighth amendment to the Irish constitution was installed following a 1983 referendum which approved outlawing abortion.
He once called himself "pro-choice." But a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is stepping to the forefront of his administration's efforts to roll back abortion rights.
I&B Ministry’s move indicates that on matters relating to sex and contraceptive technologies India continues to be a denialist with an ostrich’s attitude to facts.
The Supreme Court today allowed a woman to terminate her pregnancy, relying on a medical report that the 26-week-old foetus was without a skull and would not be able to survive.