Health / Emotional and sexual life - - MENA region

Abortion and Islam: Policies and Practice in the Middle East and North Africa

29.09.2017 / Created by (EMWF)

This paper provides an overview of legal, religious, medical and social factors that serve to support or hinder women’s access to safe abortion services in the 21 predominantly Muslim countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, where one in ten pregnancies ends in abortion. Reform efforts, including progressive interpretations of Islam, have resulted in laws allowing for early abortion on request in two countries; six others permit abortion on health grounds and three more also allow abortion in cases of rape or fetal impairment.


  • Type of publication : Article
  • Author : Leila Hessini
  • Publishing house : Reproductive Health Matter
  • Publication date : 2007
  • Number of pages : 11
  • Language : English


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