Mothers rights and the therapeutic abortion according to Islam


  • Ghodrati Fatemeh Department of Theology, Faculty of Humanities Science College, Yasouj University, Yasouj, Iran.
  • Akbarzadeh Marzieh Maternal– fetal medicine Research Center, Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.


Abortion, Islam, Mother, Right


The holy religion of Islam cares about the human life and even accepts the sperm which is placed in the womb to be the beginning of human life. This research aimed to survey various causes of abortion and the Islamic point of view before and after the transmigration of the soul and the mothers rights in Islam.This study is a survey of the religious texts regarding the aims. There are related keywords such as Ethics, Religious, Abortion and Fatwa of the Islamic jurists. We used various databases and the websites of Muslim authorities (the section which responds to religious questions). According to the respected human soul from the perspective of the divine legislator, most of the fatwas of the Islamic jurists are based on the impermissibility of abortion before the transmigration of the soul which is only allowed by relying on the principles of hardship, urgency, contradiction, principle of defense; abortion in order to eliminate the lifethreatening health of the mother; and some other cases. After the soul is breathed into the fetus, some of the contemporary jurists (such as Ayatollah Khoei and Ayatollah Khameneyi) have allowed the abortion under circumstances where the life of the mother is solely dependent on the abortion. And in no other circumstances has the abortion, which has been permitted before the soul is breathed into the fetus, is permitted after the soul is breathed into the fetus by any other ancient or contemporary jurists.

Conclusion: Islam, a religion which is defined by strong principles, has faced the social dilemma which has allowed abortion before and after the transmigration of the soul (such as a threat against the mothers life or health), but it is against the unconditional permission of abortion.


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Ghodrati Fatemeh, Akbarzadeh Marzieh. Mothers rights and the therapeutic abortion according to Islam. Biomed Rev: J Basic Appl Med Sci [Internet]. 2016Mar.31 [cited 2021Dec.7];3(1):06-12. Available from:



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