Iran Rejects Easing of Abortion Law

Mon May 9, 2005 - 12:15 pm EST

TEHRAN, May 9, 2005 ( – The Iranian Guardians Council has rejected a law that would have eased abortion restrictions. The law, passed through the Iranian parliament last month, would have allowed the abortion of unborn children up to 4 months if the child had signs of deformity due to physical or mental handicap, and the handicap would pose a financial burden on the parents.

“It is against sharia (Islamic law) to abort children who would inflict a financial burden on the parents after birth due to mental or physical handicap,” the Council ruled, as reported by, quoting parliamentary sources.

Women in Iran can legally abort their children if a doctor is convinced the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother’s life.

The measure now heads back to parliament for amendments. If the amended version remains opposed by the Guardians Council, the Expediency Council, Iran’s top adjudication body, will make the ultimate ruling.

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