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Enquiries in Regards to Abortions

MIT
11/26/2015
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Question 1: A woman became pregnant one and a half months ago and the doctors have told her that her life is in danger if she remains pregnant and that she will become paralyzed. Is it permissible for this woman to have an abortion, or not?

Answer 1: If there is a hazard or danger to the life of the mother, then it is permissible to have an abortion before the soul is infused into the fetus.

Question 2: In the event that the age of the fetus is more than four months and continuing the pregnancy is a hazard to the life of the mother, is it permissible to have a medical abortion (ending of the pregnancy)?

Answer 2: It is not permissible (to have an abortion) after the soul is infused into the body.

Question 3: In the event that the age of the fetus is more than four months, however a sickness in the mother has advanced quite a bit such that the continuation of her pregnancy would result in a definite loss of life for the mother, is it permissible to abort the pregnancy?

Answer 3: This issue has the same ruling as the previous question (once the soul has been transfused into the body, it is not permissible).

Question 4: In the event that there is a possibility that the mother would succumb to a natural or acquired physical, mental or psychological problem in relation to her becoming pregnant (for example the various types of hereditary illnesses or those which would result from products (used), medicine, x-rays, etc…), is she permitted to make haste in aborting the child?

From the point of view of the age of the fetus being more than four months or less than four months, is there a difference in the ruling?

If one of the defects as was mentioned is confirmed (to occur), then is it permissible to have an abortion?

Answer 4: It is not permissible to abort the fetus and it makes no difference (in any of the scenarios given).

Question 5: In the event that it is possible that there would be some form of defect in the fetus, is it permissible to go forth with aborting the child? And in this issue, is there any difference if the fetus is younger or older than four months?

Answer 5: In the examples mentioned, there is no Religious sanction for aborting the fetus and in relation to the forbidden nature of the abortion from the point of view of the Islamic legislation, there is no difference if the fetus is younger or older than four months.






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