Determined to terminate the pregnancy, the parents submitted information from the Internet to contradict the medical board’s report. They further argued that the board has not looked into the mental trauma, which would result from being forced to raise a child with this deformity.
However, the court observed that in this specific case the likelihood of mental trauma in the future which was sought to be projected by the parents could not be accepted as a ground for termination of pregnancy.
“Having given our anxious consideration to the relevant factors of the case, we are of the opinion that this is not a case where the termination of pregnancy is warranted. The foetus suffers from cleft lip and cleft palate, which is surgically correctable. The medical board has opined that there is no danger to the petitioner in the normal delivery process. We decline to exercise our equity jurisdiction,” a division bench of justices