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Trump ‘pro-life’ except in cases of rape and incest

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  1. The US President Donald Trump has declared himself “strongly pro-life”. The statement comes in the backdrop of the state of Alabama in USA passing legislation which bans abortion even in cases of rape and incest (except in cases where there is a serious health risk to the mother).
  2. The Bill does not make the woman criminally liable for the abortion. However, it carries imprisonment up to 99 years for the doctor performing it.
  3. There has been widespread criticism about the bill on the grounds that it curbs liberty and autonomy of women. The bill has fuelled the pro-life vs. pro-choice debate. Pro-choice” emphasizes the right of women to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy. On the other hand, “Pro-life” emphasizes the right of the embryo or fetus to gestate to term and be born.
  4. In India, the right to abortion is governed by the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971. Under the Act, pregnancy can be medically terminated only by a “registered medical practitioner” at a medical facility (government-owned or private) registered as a medical termination of pregnancy center.
  5. As per the Act, the grounds for abortion are limited to a) Where continuance of pregnancy would cause risk to the life of the pregnant woman or cause grave injury to her physical or mental health and b) Where there exists a substantial risk that if the child is born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped.
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