Our expert says:
Family law expert
A Child is a gift, I will never advise from a moral perspective that abortion is a solution. No matter what the circumstances are both you and the father do have a responsibility towards the child and in your circumstances more so.
The law however is goverened ito the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act 1996 that allows a women to terminate pregnancy upon her request if she is within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy (gestation). However an abortion can be performed from the the 13th to 20th week of pregnancy if approved by a medical practitioner under the following conditions :
* continuing the pregnancy may be a risk to the mother’s physical or mental health.
* the fetus (foetus) may suffer with severe physical or mental abnormalities should the pregnancy continue to full term.
* the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest.
* continuing the pregnancy may have severe economic or social impact on the mother.
No matter what the law states, I would urge you to seriously consider having the child, you can always decide on adoption if you feel that you will not be in a position to look after the child financialy.
Family Law Attorney
Abrahams and Gross Inc.
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