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Is it legal to have an abortion in our condition?

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We have 4 children. Our youngest child is 2 years and 4 months. My wife is 5 weeks pregnant now. However she has Thyroid and has to undergo Cervical Stitches during every pregnancy. Removing stitches is very painful as it is done without Anesthesia. Even delivery is very painful due to these cervical stitches. Also during pregnancy she regularly has morning sickness (Vomiting) and becomes very weak. We live in Gulf and our children go to school. So managing children and maintaining home during pregnancy becomes very challenging. Her mother can visit us to support but only during the last stage of pregnancy. So under these circumstances would it be permissible to abort the pregnancy?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 48/48/B=01/1437)

Under the condition which you wrote it is not a valid reason to abort the pregnancy. If there is fear of life due to the childbirth or it is feared that she shall fall sick permanently then it is allowable to abort the pregnancy before 120 days, otherwise not.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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