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Michael Freeman and Andrew Lewis

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299189

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299189.001.0001

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Status of the Embryo in the Light of Islamic Jurisprudence

Status of the Embryo in the Light of Islamic Jurisprudence

(p.244) (p.245) Status of the Embryo in the Light of Islamic Jurisprudence
Law and Medicine

Abul Fadl Mohsin Ebrahim

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that destroying the embryo is regarded as a crime in the light of Islamic jurisprudence. It is for this reason that Muslims in general do not opt for abortion once pregnancy has been established. In cases of what may be termed unwanted pregnancies, abortion can in no way be the acceptable solution. In order to curtail the crimes of illegitimate sex and rape, Islam lays emphasis on the purification of society from all temptations that could lead to indulgence in those crimes. Moreover, it prescribes severe punishment for the offenders which serves as a deterrent for such crimes. Opting for abortion for pregnancies which result from illegitimate sex or rape would be to advocate the killing of the innocent rather than punishing the guilty for their crimes.

Keywords:   Islam, embryo, embryonic development, right to life, illegitimate sex

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