When mother’s life is in danger by continuing with pregnancy / the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered questions about continuing with pregnancy when mother’s life is in danger.

Question: After examining the mother in the first months of her pregnancy, doctors say her life is in danger by continuing with pregnancy, and if the pregnancy is continued the child will be born with physical deformities; therefore, doctors have instructed for abortion of foetus; is this action allowed? And is abortion allowed before the soul enters the foetus?

The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: Deformity of the foetus cannot be counted as religious authorization even before the soul enters the foetus; but if it is certain that by continuing with pregnancy, the mother’s life is threatened, there is no problem to abort the foetus before the soul enters in it.

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