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Muslim Views On Abortion.

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´╗┐Abortion 1. current law on abortion Abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 24 weeks. In UK abortion is only allowed if two doctors agree that the mother?s life or her mental or physical health is at risk. Abortion is also allowed when the unborn child has medical problems or birth defects e.g. If the child will be born severely handicapped. It is also allowed for social and/or economic reasons, e.g. if the mother cannot afford to support a child Abortion is also allowed in cases of rape and incest. 1. Why abortion is a controversial issue? Abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 24 weeks. Abortion is controversial because some people believe a foetus is a living, breathing person because it has a heartbeat when really it only has the potential (medically speaking) to become a living, breathing person. ...read more.

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The UK law states that a woman can have an abortion, if 2 doctors agree, up to 24 weeks. Muslims, despite it being forbidden in Islam, will allow a woman to have an abortion if it is to save the mother?s life up to 120 days. It is seen as the lesser of 2 evils. After 120 days the fetus has developed its soul and has its own rights. Some people think that abortion is unacceptable is called pro-life. The pro-life campaign would disagree with abortion. On the other hand it is wrong to abort an unwanted baby because life begins at conception. So abortion is always wrong because it is ending a life. Life is God-given and sacred and no one has the right to take it away. Muslims also believe that abortion is wrong. In the Qur?an it says: ?No severer of womb-relationship ties will ever enter paradise.? Muslims believe that poverty is not a good enough reason to want an abortion. ...read more.

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However Most Muslims agree and say that abortion is allowed if the mother?s life is at risk because the death of an unborn child is a lesser evil than the death of the mother. Also the Islamic shariah states that the mother's life always takes priority. The Quran says that abortion is a sin against god and so is forbidden. However most Muslims believe that it can go ahead if the mother's life is at risk because the mother is alive and has great responsibilities but the fetus has not yet developed a human personality. In this situation, abortion is far from desirable but is lesser than the two evils. Muslim's believe that life is a gift from god. No one has life as a right; it is a loan and must be paid back to Allah. Finally the Quran reminds women that on the day of judgement, the aborted infants will want to know from their mother why they were killed. ?You shall not kill your children for fear of want. We will provide for them and for you. To kill is a sin.? ________________ 1. ...read more.

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