The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a plea of a 20-year-old unmarried woman seeking termination of her over 27-week pregnancy, saying the foetus in the womb also has a fundamental right to live.

A bench headed by Justice B R Gavai passed the order while hearing the woman’s plea challenging the Delhi High Court’s May 3 order refusing to allow termination of her pregnancy.

“We can’t pass any order contrary to the statute,” the bench, also comprising justices S V N Bhatti and Sandeep Mehta, told her counsel. “The child in womb also has a fundamental right to live. What do you say about that?,” the bench asked.

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