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What does Islam say about abortion?

In Islam, procreation is considered to be one of the most important aspects of marriage. The Quran places a high value on life and its preservation. The Quran (17:31) says that neither poverty nor hunger should cause one to kill one's offspring. Punishment for the unlawful killing of a human being is imposed both in this life and in the next (4:93).

Muslim scholars agree that after the “ensoulment” (infusion of the soul) of the fetus (thought to occur after 120 days), abortion constitutes homicide and should be punished. In the case of therapeutic abortions for severe medical problems, a general principle of Islamic law, choosing the lesser of the two evils, has often been applied. Rather than lose two lives, preference is given to the life of the mother, who is the pillar of the family with important duties and responsibilities.

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