Hindus regard life as sacred. Life commences from the time of conception.
Termination of pregnancy is not permitted unless it can be demonstrated that the pregnancy is incompatible with the life or health of the mother and/or baby.
The foetus is unable to sustain its life independent of the mother until almost the end of natural pregnancy. In case of the delivery that is premature by up to a few weeks and no more, the foetus can be helped to grow in medically supported environment. Hindus are happy to concur with medical opinion and action that helps the delivered baby grow in an incubated setting until it is able to live independently. Products of a pregnancy, that has terminated so prematurely that medical opinion considers the embryo/foetus to be non-viable, would not be regarded as living once expelled from the mother’s womb.