Fact Sheet: Datar v. Union of India

Nikhil Datar v. Union of India concerns the denial of an abortion to a woman whose fetus was diagnosed with severe abnormalities after twenty weeks. This case challenges a specific provision in India’s existing abortion law, which criminalizes abortion after 20 weeks, except when a pregnant woman’s life is in danger. It seeks the removal of a time limit for abortions in cases of fetal impairment.