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Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
02-December-2014 14:29 IST
Amendment in MTP Act, 1971

The Government of India has formulated a Draft Bill on Amendments to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971.

The Draft Bill has been prepared following extensive deliberations within an Expert Committee of representatives from Central & State Government Ministries/Departments, academic institutions including Medical Colleges, professional bodies & associations, development partners, technical agencies, NGOs and civil society. Opinion from general public has also been invited. However, the Draft Bill on Amendments has no reference to “abortion cases of utmost urgency”.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) had proposed an extension of gestation limit for conducting MTP in case of certain vulnerable categories of women e.g. rape survivors, victims of incest, single (unmarried/ divorced/ widowed) and women with disabilities and also for cases of severe foetal abnormalities where these were detected after the existing gestation limit of 20 weeks. The recommendations of NCW were taken into consideration while preparing the Draft Bill.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the RajyaSabha here today.