Saturday, April 16, 2005

Islamic Republic of Iran Catching Up To "Enlightened" West

Iran changes abortion law

The Iranian Parliament has approved a bill which will allow women to have an abortion in the first four months of pregnancy, if the baby is mentally or physically handicapped.
Until now, abortion was only allowed if the mother's life was in danger.
The new abortion law was approved by just over half of the members of the Iranian Parliament, but none of the 13 women in the house took part in the debate.
The conditions for allowing abortions still remain very stringent.
Both parents must agree and they need three doctors, as well as the coroners office, to confirm the foetus is damaged or the mother's life is at risk.
Under this new bill, even if a woman is pregnant as a result of rape, she still does not have the right to an abortion (Well, I said that they are "catching up" to the West... - Suburban Cowboy).


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