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['Aalim Network QR] Abortion due to major abnormality


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Assalamu 'alaykum

The following question was naswered by Mulla Asgher.

Salaams & Duas
Ummulbanin Merali - Moderator - 'Aalim Network
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QUESTION:

My wife is pregnant.  We just found out last week that our unborn child
has major heart deformities.

The child will not survive without three consecutive operations.  The
first of which is to be carried out during the first few hours of life.

These operations have a survival rate of about 50% through the first
24 months of life.  They are fairly new, so it is unknown how much
longer those childern can live to be.  It is unclear either what the
quality of life for such a child would be even if he survived.

I know abortion is Haram in Islam for a healty pregnancy.  Are there any
exception in cases of such lethal deformaties?


ANSWER:

Abortion in such case is not permissible.  The survival and the quality of
life of the child may turn out to be much better than the doctors predict.
The only situation in which abortion has been allowed is when the pregnancy
endangers the mother's life.

Asgharali M.M. Jaffer




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